While the majority of schools use proficiency scores the majority of Nashville, Tennessee’s public schools are now using the NWEA measures of academic progress or otherwise known as map to see how much individual students have grown over the school year.
Over 7,400 schools and districts use Map assessments throughout the world including Rocketship Public Schools who’s been using the Map assessment since they opened their first school.
Where is proficiency scores are important they only tell whether or not a student is on a certain grade level. Map assessments show the growth of these students over a period of time instead of just where they ended up.
With the help of Map assessments the Memphis Rocketship public School was able to help 146 of their students achieve at or above average by the end of the year, when they all started below average. According to Rocketship Public school their children on average improved 1.35 years in math and 1.2 years in Reading within the last year.
Rocketship Public Schools is a group of elementary schools specifically designed for underserved communities with 85% of their students being low income households in the Bay area of California, Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington DC.
Rocketship public schools has a strong belief but every student deserves to dream and discover as well as develop their very own unique potential. The non-profit charter schools have a very strict set of values of authenticity, tenacity, Community, Innovation and excellence.
Founded in 2006 by John Banner and Preston Smith the the first non-profit charter school was opened in San Jose, California in 2007. After seeing the high success in state assessments with that first school over five years six more non-profit Charter Schools were added to the San Jose area.
In 2013 Rocketship Public School opened its first school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in 2014 continued to expand into Nashville, Tennessee. Finally opening a school in 2016 in Washington DC.