Rocketship charter schools get high test scores. By Rocketship’s corporate reform standards, those high test scores are what matters.
However, there is a cost, and that cost has crossed paths with the inhumane.
At Rocketship’s 13 schools, students spend long periods of time (amounting to a 25 percent of the school day) working on computers. It’s part of a cost-saving measure; hundreds of students and only a handful of “instructional lab specialists.”
As NPR notes, the reality is that Rocketship has high turnover for staff put in charge of those labs– which apparently results in staff shortages and larger groups of students being watched by one person.
Despite high turnover in the limited staff watching large groups of students, Rocketship supposedly tracks the minutes that students are on the computer– which leads to the bathroom issue.
As NPR reports:
That drive to maximize instructional time and monitor data is a…
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