Case Studies

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools: 2015 – 2016


KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools (KMCS) is a part of a national network of over 180 free, open-enrollment, college preparatory, public charter schools that prepare students from under-served communities for success in college and in life.


Through close communication and collaboration with the Chief of Schools, the following areas of need were identified:

  • Objective assessment of high impact systems or “big rocks” for two schools
  • Identification of growth areas
  • Recommendations for improvement


  • School Diagnostics performed for two schools consisting of evidence-based ratings on the big rocks of school-wide systems, in-class instruction, and culture. The school diagnostic also identified strengths, upgrades, and provided recommendations for improvement.
  • KIPP Memphis / BRES aligned framework created and used for the school diagnostics. The framework identifies three big rocks that lead to school success and aligns the KIPP instructional and cultural frameworks (KFET and HIIP) with the BRES frameworks.


  • The school diagnostic enables the KMCS Chief of Schools and principals to prioritize, plan and implement the big rocks to increase student achievement.
  • The aligned framework ensures consistent assessment of the big rocks for the two KMCS schools.
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