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November 3, 2011

Rocketship Responds to Two Issues Raised

Filed under: Charter Schools,Rocketship — millerlf @ 11:03 am

Following the op-ed I wrote for the Journal Sentinel (see Journal Sentinel Op-Ed: Rocketship Charter Schools Need Scrutiny) on Rocketship’s 3 “model” schools in San Jose California I received a “Key Facts” response from them (view at Rocketship Provided Data). They speak to the issues of attrition and special education.

I find it curious that the number of students with special needs, in all 3 schools, is below the NCLB minimum for constituting a “subgroup”. Is it just a coincidence that in all 3 schools the numbers fall below 20 students identified for special services? If any of 10 subgroups do not make “adequate yearly progress” on a state’s standardized test for 2 years in a row, the school becomes “identified for improvement” and may be subject to sanctions. 20 students must be identified to constitute a subgroup. Commonly throughout the nation, the subgroup that has the most difficulty meeting “adequately yearly progress” is students with special needs.

To see the California Department of Education documentation for special education AYP for the 3 model Rocketship schools go to the following:

Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary:

Rocketship Si Se Puede:

Rocketship Los Suenos:


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