Rocketship education is a pioneer. Since its founding in 2006 the nonprofit network of elementary charter schools, which started in downtown San Jose, has utilized the NWEA measures of academic progress assessment system. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to serving the families of lower-income communities, offering their students the highest standards of public education for the betterment of their future. MAP plays a significant role in this future, as it is instrumental in the creation of their individualized student curriculum.
According to national data, students coming from lower-income families are at a disadvantage when it comes to education. Many of them start behind the rest of the country. Since many schools use proficiency scores in their assessment, late starts cause many students to fall under the accepted percentile of their individual grade levels. Once this happens it is very hard to catch up. Essentially students relegated to the lower percentiles of their grade levels have to achieve more than the equivalent of a year’s education throughout the course of one school year. MAP changes the game by focusing on growth scores. This allows student data to be individualized, showing the students’ growth in specific educational fields over a select time. Such a system can pinpoint where the student is struggling, and create an individualized curriculum designed for that student to aid them in catching up.
Rocketship education uses a teacher-led, student-driven curriculum that matches student to content. This allows the curriculum to be specifically crafted to the student studying it, focusing on their growth areas, and paying more attention to their strengths. Backed up by a strong avocation for parental engagement the curriculum allows parents to be a full part of the educational process. In this way Rocketship education assists students of lower-income families in gaining balance with other communities, allowing them to appreciate the same achievements and advantages for a better future.