The schools that have made significant progress in teaching and learning are beginning to look more closely at the dropout issue because they cannot be content when so many students miss out on what they have to offer, says Jay Matthews, education columnist for The Washington Post.

For example, KIPP, with 65 schools in 17 states and the District, mostly middle schools, is praised for its success in raising reading and math test scores among disadvantaged students. About 80 percent of KIPP students are from low-income families. However, large numbers of students in some California KIPP schools are leaving

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