Rocketship Education Helps Parents Understand Student Growth

In every school district across the nation, students are being tested to determine what they have learned during the course of the school year. Passing the end of grade test shows that students may be proficient in subject matters that are taught throughout the year. In order to be successful, a student needs to show growth in their learning. Many students are from disadvantaged low economic communities, and may start the school year already behind grade level. The proficiency scores only reveal what a student knows at a particular time, and growth scores show how much the student has learned during the school year. In order to catch up, these students will need to improve their growth scores.

Rocketship Education has been following the Measures of Academic Progress since they opened their first school, and they applaud the state of Tennessee for using this module. Because at least seventy percent of their students were from disadvantaged low economic backgrounds, the school realized that they needed to be able to track, and test student learning. Now more schools in America, and internationally, are using the MAP assessments to determine if students are actually achieving and making growth in their learning, and if they are at or above grade level. It is important that parents know the difference between proficiency, and growth when when getting their student test results.

Rocketship Education is a network of public charter schools that nationally service students from disadvantaged, low economic communities. They are a non profit charter school system that was founded in 2006 by Preston Smith, and John Danner. It is a 501 C 3 corporation that is committed to eliminating the student achievement gap, and dedication to building sustainable models to propel student learning. It incorporates a technology supported, and teacher led approach to learning that is personalized for each student. They match the student”’s individual learning style with an appropriate method of instruction to ensure understanding and achievement. They encourage parents to engage in the student learning process in order to be better advocates for their child. Rocketship works with communities, parents, and other charter schools.

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