Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rocketship Education changes course

Rocketship Education changes course, slows expansion
By Sharon Noguchi (snoguchi@mercurynews.com), San Jose MercuryNews.com

SAN JOSE -- Rocketship Education shot to national prominence by operating charter schools that produced stellar test scores from poor and immigrant students with a model focused on high-energy teaching, computerized learning and frequent test-taking.

But eight years after its first school opened in a downtown San Jose church, Rocketship has scaled back its ambitious goal of enrolling 1 million students in 50 cities -- which would have put it on the same scale as New York City's school district, the nation's largest. (read more)


Rocketship teachers: the fuel cells of charter network
By Sharon Noguchi (snoguchi@mercurynews.com), San Jose MercuryNews.com

The core of Rocketship Education is its enthusiastic, bright and energetic teachers. They work long hours, are accessible by cellphone at night and, even critics acknowledge, are dedicated to their students and achievement. (read more)

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