While NPR admitted that Rocketship Public Schools had impressive results, their blog about the organization was less than kind towards the system of charter schools that are based in California. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Rocketship Public Schools and their CEO admits that it probably won’t be the last. Many of the voices that were featured in the piece were not happy with how their words were represented in the piece. They believe that the author misconstrued what they said in order to push her anti-testing agenda.
Fortunately, Rocketship Public Schools are not allowing this attack to impact the quality of education that they provide to their students whose test scores far exceed those in the public schools in their districts. While Preston Smith, the organization’s CEO, is disappointed with the blog by the outlying journalist, he still states that most of their work is exceptional and informative. They aren’t perfect and nobody is which is why Rocketship Public Schools refuses to condemn the news organization as a whole.
Rocketship Public Schools uses a combination of quality teachers and staff alongside implementing state of the art technology that helps their students get the best education that they can provide. While the piece by the NPR blogger Anya Kamenetz speaks badly about the 80 minutes a day that students spend in front of a screen, she failed to mention that this time is spent with 5 different programs and not just the Dreambox program that she mentions. A study that was released by Harvard stated that Rocketship Public Schools were allowing their students the right amount of time on the program. See more here https://thenewsversion.com/2017/09/rocketship-education-is-on-track-to-close-the-achievement-gap/
Rocketship Public Schools was co-founded in 2006 by Preston Smith and serves low-income communities throughout the United States including those in Washington D.C., California, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. The non-profit organization is a charter school system that offers an alternative for students and their parents from the public school system which has not been meeting expectations. The teaching programs are individualized for each student and led by the teachers with the help of technology. They work closely with parents, other schools, and organizations to try to eliminate the prevalent achievement gap in education within this generation of students.
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