Rocketship Education is a group of public k-5 charter schools that accommodate low income students who come from areas with limited access of excellent schools. The network gives students the opportunity to unleash their potential and make their dreams come true with the help of well trained teachers.
Rocketship was started in the year 2006 by John Danner and Preston smith. It is a no-profit type of company that has over 500 employees. It operates under three categories which are, education, E-learning and EdTech.
Most schools around Tessessean recently found out how their students have been performing academically and there for, Nashville has come up with a new method of assessing and tracking students’ performance known as NWEA measures of academic progress which will be able to tell how a student has been performing all year round.
This method has been used by more than 8000 schools throughout the world and Rocketship public schools have not been any different. Rocketship is grateful to metro Nashville public schools for implementing the program since it largely contributed to its growth.
Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds tend to have a slower growth rate academically, compared to the rest. Many students born from poor backgrounds join school late and hence lag behind and it becomes impossible to catch up. Nevertheless, Nashville has helped to close this gap by introducing a setting an achievement gap for all the tested subjects.
For students performing slightly below the grade level, their academic growth will determine whether they will catch up or not, and this is a major reason, as to why parents and teachers should pay attention to growth of students on MAP.
In 2017, at Rocketship public schools, 146 students were able to close the gap, by being able to catch up after starting school a year behind. This was an achievement that was made possible by effective teaching and by measuring students’ growth rate using MAP. Nashville parents are advised to pay attention to their children’s growth scores on maps and to focus on their all-round performance and not just where they are right now.
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