Rocketship Education Is Defended By Parents And Journalists

Charter schools have been making headlines lately as many of them do not provide the quality of education that they promise. Unfortunately, high performing schools like those in the Rocketship Education system are sometimes getting caught in the crossfire and are the subject of biased and inaccurate reporting from news agencies such as NPR. While the technocentric education methods from Rocketship Education are showing great results in the form of high test scores, some people still question how good of an education the children in their schools are receiving.

While the piece that was recently featured on NPR may have some valid questions, it is not being presented in a balanced way that truly shows the breadth of the practices of the highly accomplished educational system known as Rocketship Education. This is because many of the “facts” reported are not presented in a way that shows their context along with other issues. Some journalists point out that the biased piece fails to compare the charter schools to the public institutions that are in the same neighborhoods.

While the NPR piece admits that the students perform well, it criticizes the practices in the school. Specifically, the heavy use of technology in their curriculum. Many of the issues that they brought up about Rocketship Education are present in public schools around the country, but the piece failed to mention this and instead made it seem like something that is only present in their system. They also refer to Rocketship Education as a “company”, which is something that is not usually done for non-profit organizations such as Rocketship.

Rocketship Education has been providing an alternative from public schools for children since 2006. Their headquarters is out of San Francisco but they serve several under-privileged communities across the country. In order to ensure the best education for the children attending their schools, Rocketship Education encourages parents to be involved with their education. Each child attending one of their facilities is given an individualized education plan that is created to fit their needs and help them achieve a success that will last a lifetime.

Rocketship Education is on Facebook.

You can follow this link to see job opportunities at Rocketship Schools https://www.indeed.com/q-Rocketship-Public-Schools-jobs.html.

New York Success Academy is Leading the Charter School Movement

Success Academy, New York City’s largest and most successful charter school network,

recently launched an online ‘education institute’ to share curriculum and professional development among education professionals, including teachers and school administrators.

 

The platform, called the ‘Success Academy Education Institute,’ will expand Success Academy’s influence beyond New York City, where the network currently operates 41 schools across the four boroughs and serves a remarkable 14,000 students.

 

Success Academy’s approach is different from most charter schools, which are publically funded but privately owned. In a Success Academy elementary school classroom, for instance, only 80 minutes are spent on direct instruction. During the rest of the day, students are encouraged to learn, grow, and develop through hands-on learning and small group instruction. In Success Academy high schools, students enjoy a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes broad-based thinking and preparation for the demands of college.

 

The Institute will serve as a free portal for teachers, administrators, and other education professionals to access the content that has made Success Academy so, well, successful. Success Academy charter schools rank among the top 1% in New York State for math, the top 2% for English, and in the top 5% for science. Among Success Academy students who have disabilities, 79% passed math and 52% passed English in 2016.

 

Through the Institute, leaders in other schools will be able to access curriculum, tools, and resources, and apply the Success Academy model to their own schools. This expands on the vision of Success Academy founder and CEO Eve Moskowitz to transform education beyond opening high-achieving charter schools. Moskowitz sees the Institute as a “vehicle” for sharing Success Academy’s resources with educators across the country and around the world.

 

Success Academy also continues to achieve legislative success. In early June, a state appeals court ruled in a long-standing legal battle that New York City cannot regulate the prekindergarten curriculum of the city’s charter schools.

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