Students coming from poor background mostly start their education late. Due to circumstances at home and poor education quality in public schools, they rarely catch up. As a result, the possibility of these students falling out of school is very high. This is one of the reasons why children from poor backgrounds hardly make it to college.
Rocketship, a non-profit organization working with public schools to provide quality education for the poor, focuses on individual student growth. Rocketship realised that the only way of preventing children from dropping out of school is by helping them catch up with their age mates in education. They do this by tracking the student’s education growth rate. This helps them determine whether the student will catch up and the time it will take. This information helps the teacher focus on the student’s needs to help him or her catch up.
Rocketship uses both the conventional grading system and the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The conventional system helps the gauge whether the student has achieved the desired education level to allow him or her to proceed to the next level. The MAP system helps the teacher see how fast the student is growing. Once this is established, the teacher customizes his or her teaching techniques to suit the student in question. The teacher will need to monitor the child frequently to ensure that he or she is making progress.
A child’s progress in education is not only dependent on the teacher and the student’s efforts at school. It is dependent on the student’s environment at home. For this reason, Rocketship Education advises parents to ask for their child’s MAP evaluation results often. This will enable them to work together with the teacher to ensure the student has conducive environment a home.
Rocketship’s main goal is to level the playing field so that students from poor background can have the same opportunities as students from well off families. By coming up with a way to help students catch up in their education, they have been successful in reducing the percentage of students who drop out of school.