There is an undeniable achievement gap associated with some areas of American public schools. Public non-profit charter, Rocketship Education, seeks to close that gap with innovative, well-timed educational tactics that encourage strong parental involvement. Once a parent is guided to become significantly involved in the education of their child, that parent can become a robust advocate for the child’s entire educational journey and truly make a difference.

Data gathered nationwide shows difficult to dispute data reflecting how far behind children who come from a place of economic disadvantage often are when they start school. There is still a wonderful opportunity for these children to catch up and excel in school, but the growth rate of their educational evolvement is critical. The growth rate is the measurement by which it is judged when and if the child will ever catch up from their initial disadvantaged starting point.

The challenge of catching up can be a difficult one. For example, if a child is assessed in kindergarten to be in the 10th percentile as evaluated by national standardized testing, he or she would have to experience a growth rate of 1.3 years each year in order to be on grade level by 4th grade. If this same child is to not experience educational growth and remains at the 10th percentile, he or she possesses a high likelihood of becoming a high school dropout and a very small likelihood of attending college.

The network of public charter schools of Rocketship serve an estimated 85% low income students and seek to unleash the potential of these children. Their learning structure is personalized and tailored to the individual child at a pace set specifically for that student. One of the main keys to the success of the program is intricate parental involvement. By empowering the parents to understand the needs of the child and properly encourage the child’s growth, plus hold future educators accountable for quality in education, Rocketship creates a tremendous advocate for the child. These strategies combine to vastly alter the chance of the child’s educational experience being a positive one.