Rocketship Education: A Nonprofit Charter School, Bridging Achievement Gap

Rocketship Education is a national and nonprofit public elementary charter school that serves low-income communities who have limited access to better schools. It was founded in 2006 and is a nonprofit corporation under 501 (c) (3) with the mission of eradicating the achievement gap through building a sustainable school model and one that is scalable to encourage students to performing well in the underprivileged communities in the country. It has an instructional level that is teacher-led, supported by new technology to personalize learning approach that matches each of the students. It also avails the correct content at the appropriate time and makes use of right insertion methods. Rocketship Education has a strong network of parents and their students which builds a healthy school community and that way, the parents become strong advocates for the community and their children. The corporation is working along with community organizations, parent, district, charter schools to ensure that the achievement gap is eliminated in the country.

The founding principal of Rocketship Education, James Robinson, shared on some of the sensitive matters toward understanding growth scores by the parent. He says that to achieve the gap closing growth requires effective teaching which is as a result of regular measure and monitoring of the students. James encourages parents to monitor and track the growth in scores from their children on the assessment tool, MAP, regardless of their failures. James also urges the parents to take a close look at where their children are headed and not about where they currently are. This would enable them to have long-term success. James shared on the potential that the children at Rocketship Education have despite the economic challenges that they face in the community. He urges people and the advocates to pay attention to growth in a close manner where he says that for below the grade students, it can be possible to track great success if they are monitored well. From the national data, most students that are raised under poor conditions and surroundings, it becomes difficult for them to catch up with school education but the school is committed to bridging that gap.