When NY raised the bar a few years ago, their "proficiency" scores suffered greatly. And they will not release SAT or AP results. Just proficiency data. They are gaming the tests. I would like to think they maybe helped a few students, but with so much fraud, even if they did, they didn't.
If the data are wrong, that's really bad. If it is cherry-picked, it is still pretty impressive. The 75% dropout rate does not bother me, KIPP schools all the more so. Needng to work hard in order to stay in school
and a genuine school environment strike me as positive even if many opt out .
From the article:
“Sometimes when kids look like they’re daydreaming, it’s because they are, and we can’t allow that possibility,” Moskowitz wrote a few years ago, in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.
Indeed, I believe there was a solution for that very problem demonstrated in "A Clockwork Orange".