Washington Monthly recently published Alexander Russo’s article “NPR’s Deeply Unbalanced Profile of Rocketship Charter Schools”. The article reveals that the NPR piece titled “High Test Scores—But at What Cost?” focused too much on the challenges rather than comparing Rocketship charter schools to other schools in the neighborhood.
The piece on NPR reveals that the issues within the school are similar to other charter networks like KIPP and Success Academy. There is a tech-heavy model in Rocketship Education charter schools that can create intense hours and high pressure for the students. Yet, this allows the students to get high test scores. Yet, the piece doesn’t include the reasons why the schools have a loyal following and provides little context for the anecdotes presented within the piece.
For example, the article does not compare the school to others. When it reveals that Rocketship education provides limited bathroom breaks and a substantial number of parents leaving the school, it does not compare it to other charter schools in the same district.
Rocketship public schools are focused on the possibility and potential within each student. The programs are geared toward unleashing the student’s unique potential and their desire to dream, discover and develop it. Their mission is to bridge the performance gap in low-income communities and schools to help them propel student achievement. By helping educators develop and helping parents build community within the local school system, they hope to create a sustainable public school model.
Their teaching philosophy is centered on three different branches. The first branch is personalized learning where the teacher is able to create personalized instruction, learning experience, and content to help every student reach his or her potential. The second pillar is helping develop talent within the community. By investing in the growth of each team member, the teachers are also able to reach their potential. Parents are also included in the learning model, revealing that parents have a large influence on the success or failure of their child’s academic career. By helping parents establish communication with their student and the teachers, they can help hold their child accountable.