Inconsitent Claims about API rankings

In the November 6th, 2013 Brilliant Minds Planning Commission meeting, Rocketship’s Jessica Garcia-Kohl claims that their schools are in the top 5% of schools serving predominately low income students, a claim which is repeated by CEO Preston Smith their website.

StopRocketShip.com’s analysis shows in reality, Rocketship is on average in the top 26% of schools serving more than half of students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, nowhere near the top 5%.  This data is according to the California Department of Education data files.

We ran additional analysis, using the definition provided in the charter petition to Morgan Hill Unified, and found that at best, Rocketship is in the top 12%, as compared to all schools in California (including continuation schools, a comparison that strikes us as less than flattering).

Rocketship State Rank, as compared to schools serving more than 50% low income students

School Name State Rank in Percent State Rank  out of 3698 Elementary Schools 2013 API
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary 10 % 383 851
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy 15 % 567 837
Rocketship Mosaic Elementary 15 % 586 836
Rocketship Discovery Prep 44 % 1646 791
Rocketship Los Suenos Academy 45 % 1667 790
Average 26 % 969.8 821

State Rank as Compared to schools serving more than 66% low income students

School Name State Rank in Percent State Rank  out of 2978 Elementary Schools 2013 API
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary 6 % 189 851
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy 10 % 298 837
Rocketship Mosaic Elementary 10 % 307 836
Rocketship Discovery Prep 36 % 1091 791
Rocketship Los Suenos Academy 37 % 1109 790
Average 20.10745 598.8 821

 

Ranking using claim from Morgan Hill Charter Petition:  “Ranked in the Top 5%2 of all public school networks serving low income students in California (CA schools serving > 70% FRL).”

School Name State Rank in Percent State Rank  out of 2818 Elementary Schools 2013 API
Rocketship Academy Brilliant Minds 0.780696 893
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary 5.287438 851
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy 8.232789 837
Rocketship Mosaic Elementary 8.587651 836
Rocketship Alma Academy 20.86586 809
Rocketship Discovery Prep 32.29241 791
Rocketship Los Suenos Academy 32.93116 790
Average 15.56829 829.5714

Ranking using claim from Morgan Hill Charter Petition:  “Ranked in the Top 5%2 of all public school networks serving low income students in California (CA schools serving > 70% FRL).”

School Name State Rank in Percent State Rank  out of 4656 Schools (All Schools, Elem, Middle High) 2013 API
Rocketship Academy Brilliant Minds 0.816151 38 893
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary 3.973368 185 851
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy 6.292955 293 837
Rocketship Mosaic Elementary 6.507732 303 836
Rocketship Alma Academy 14.99141 698 809
Rocketship Discovery Prep 23.26031 1083 791
Rocketship Los Suenos Academy 23.73282 1105 790
Average 11.36782 529.2857 829.5714

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