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"Rocketship Hybrid School Model," which combines traditional classroom instruction with individualized instruction through online technology and tutors in a "Learning Lab."" For instance, a 1st grader will attend four periods of study in a day. One or two of those will be in the "learning lab," a discreet area (see photo below) where they sit at the computer and answer queries in an educational game-like interface. They do this for both math and literacy, and advance at their own pace as they master the answers and prompts required.
Last week Rocketship Education announced the results of an independent 16-week study by SRI International that showed that students who had greater access to online instruction in math, specifically a learning program called Dreambox Learning, achieved significant gains in mathematics scores. That is to say, the kids who had the typical regimen of online math instruction, as opposed to those kids who received only traditional classroom math instruction, did better -- more than five points in percentile ranking better (50 percent to 55.5 percent -- on the Northwest Evaluation Association's math standards test).
Rocketship schools have made it their mission to close the achievement gap that holds back students in under-served communities. They practice what they call the “Rocketship Hybrid School Model,” which combines traditional classroom instruction with individualized instruction through online technology and tutors in a “Learning Lab.“