Rocketship Education in low income communities

Since its founding in 2006 by Preston Smith and John Banner Rocketship Public Schools has always used the map assessment test to see how much their students have grown over the course of the year.

The NWEA measures of academic progress, otherwise known as map is quite different from the proficiency scores that the majority of schools use. Although proficiency scores are important they give limited information, only telling you whether or not a student is at the grade level they’re supposed to be. Map on the other hand shows the amount of growth throughout the entire year, allowing you to see how far they’ve come and not just where they are.

Rocketship Public Schools was happy to hear that the majority of Nashville, Tennessee’s public schools are using the math assessments now, bring it up to more than 7400 schools and districts throughout the entire world.

According to the National Data students in low income homes generally start behind in school and never really catch up. But using the map of assessment last year alone Rocketship Public Schools helped 146 of their students that were below average finish out the year at or above their grade level. Based off of Rocketship Public Schools map data on average students improved 1. 2 years in reading and 1.35 years in math.

Rocketship Public Schools is a network of elementary schools specifically designed for low-income neighborhoods based out of the bay area of California, the schools in Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington DC.

The first school was open in 2007 in San Jose, California and over the course of 5 years 6 more Charter Schools were open in the San Jose area, brought on by high success in state assessments.

About 7 years later in 2013 their first school was opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A year later they continue to expand into Nashville, Tennessee and finally opened in its fourth region and 2016 in Washington DC.

But Rocketship Public Schools didn’t get where they are all by themselves there have been several donations including but not limited to the Obama Administration investing $2 million in Rocketship Public Schools and Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, donated 2 million dollars to rocketship to help support the Bay Area is growth.