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Rocketship Education: Demolishing the Achievement Gap

While parents are, understandably, focused on standardized test scores to monitor how well their children are performing academically, these scores don’t always tell the entire story. As James Robinson, the founding principal at Rocketship United Academy explains, it’s also important to look at growth over time rather than making evaluations based on the snapshots that proficiency tests provide, and that this is especially important when it comes to examining the progress of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

One way that growth can be evaluated is through the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. By using this tool, educators can judge progress over time. Essentially, it gives a new perspective and allows parents to see how far their children have come rather than just focusing on whether they have reached a specific benchmark. Therefore, even if a child isn’t at grade level yet, by using a MAP assessment an educator can show a parent that the child has learned a great deal since the year before or even the month before.

About Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education is a non-profit organization of charter schools headquartered in Redwood City, California. These schools serve students in disadvantaged communities, and the mission of Rocketship is to provide the highest quality education to its students regardless of their backgrounds. Rocketship is all about eliminating the achievement gap between children from prosperous households who have traditionally had access to the best educational resources and those from areas that have traditionally been shortchanged by the public school system.

Teachers who work at Rocketship Education schools work to create lifelong learners through a personalized approach that helps their students find what truly interests and inspires them. In brief, they match the best content with their students at the best times for development. Furthermore, Rocketship works closely with parents and guardians to make them partners with their childrens’ educators and to help them become advocates for their children throughout their academic careers.