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Manager of Data and Measurement

Description of Rocketship

Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org), a non‐profit corporation founded in 2006, is building a national network of high performing urban college preparatory elementary charter schools. Rocketship’s mission is to eliminate the achievement gap in public education by creating a network of K‐5 elementary charter schools in high‐need neighborhoods in 50 major cities in the United States over the next decade. Each Rocketship school has a clear and simple goal: that its students achieve grade‐level proficiency by the time they graduate from elementary school.
In just five years, Rocketship schools have achieved stunning results. Rocketship’s first school, Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School, opened in August 2007 in downtown San Jose. Its second school, Rocketship Sí Se Puede Academy opened in the fall of 2009. These first two schools rank #5 and #15 in California (out of over 2,000 low-income elementary schools), with academic results rivaling wealthy school districts such as Palo Alto, and while serving 80%+ low-income students and 70%+ English Language Learners. Rocketship’s third school, Rocketship Los Sueños Academy, opened in the fall of 2010. Rocketship will open two more San Jose schools in the fall of 2011, and intends to expand its network to 30 schools by 2015.
To achieve its goals, Rocketship invests significantly in three areas:
First, Rocketship empowers parents to advocate for their children through a culture of high expectations, including the assumption that all students will attend a four-year college. Rocketship also provides parents with the network, policy training, and tools to advocate for change in all schools.
Second, Rocketship invests heavily in recruiting and training talented teachers through our partnership with Teach for America and by staffing Academic Deans and Assistant Principals at each site who are dedicated to mentoring and developing our teachers.
Finally, Rocketship has pioneered the Hybrid School Model, which combines outstanding classroom teaching with individualized instruction in our Learning Lab, using tutors and technology to meet the specific needs of each and every student. The Hybrid School Model delivers significant advantages in several key areas: academic achievement, teaching quality/leadership, and financial sustainability. Regarding academic achievement, the Hybrid School Model enables teachers to focus on what they do best and maximize classroom time for teaching critical thinking skills while augmenting classroom time with Learning Lab time to individualize students’ basic skills acquisition, independent practice, assessment and remediation/acceleration. The Learning Lab is staffed with hourly employees allowing the Hybrid School Model to create significant cost savings, which are reinvested in school quality and opening new schools with reduced need for philanthropy. Since the Hybrid School Model reduces teacher staffing requirements, it is easier to fill all of our classrooms with top-quality teachers, and it enables Rocketship schools to operate solely on traditional public school funding and without the need for philanthropy except for investment in national office capacity and the creation of new regions.

Description of the Department and Role
Rocketship’s goal is to close the achievement gap in our country and we plan to accomplish this by opening and operating excellent Rocketship schools in communities of the greatest need across the country. The imperative to grow is at the core of our theory of action. The Individualization team at Rocketship is responsible for defining and building the organization’s academic model, ensuring that it can be implemented effectively at scale. This includes further refining the network’s Hybrid School Model and providing curricular tools and resources that demonstrably improve student achievement. The Individualization team at Rocketship reports to the Chief Schools Officer and works closely with all departments within the organization.
The Manager of Data and Measurement will drive research into specific elements of Rocketship’s Hybrid School Model. This person will help develop critical tools and systems to enable data-driven decision-making by overseeing data analysis at the organizational level, examining correlations between data, determining which factors have the strongest impact on student growth, defining growth targets for students and teachers, and informing decisions about online learning. This position offers an excellent opportunity to influence the academic model in use at a high quality charter network and will require someone who is eager to define systems for data analysis at an organization which is expanding quickly. The Manager of Data and Measurement will report directly to the Manager of Individualized Learning.

Major Responsibilities

• Identify current and emerging trends in Rocketship’s student achievement data; assist in the disaggregation and analysis of data.
• Oversee internal evaluation of the quality of Rocketship’s instructional program.
• Correlate internal and external assessment data in order to make outcomes more predictive.
• Refine targets for student achievement; further develop benchmarks which are used to check student progress throughout the academic year.
• Lead the design and implementation of studies to analyze the effectiveness of various programs, including online curricula used in the Learning Lab as well as the Response to Intervention small-group tutoring program.
• Refine network health measures which are used to greenlight new schools and regions.
• Further develop the metrics used to select and evaluate teachers within Rocketship based on identified core competencies.
• Further develop the metrics used for performance-based pay of teachers within Rocketship.
• Partner with the Rocketship’s Technology team to design and develop Rocketship’s Teacher Dashboard tool, which makes data easily available online for internal use.

Qualifications & Requirements

• Master’s degree in statistics, econometrics, math, or related field.
• Belief that all students, regardless of race, socio-economic status, family background, or past academic performance can succeed academically; passion for urban children and their families.
• Strong interest in reforming public education; previous experience with schools or charter management organizations is preferred.
• Strong analytic and research skills. Can perform rigorous statistical analysis of data; previous experience with quasi-experimental design is preferred.
• Advanced written and oral communication skills. Can explain statistical analysis in laymen’s terms so that data is easily used to inform organizational decisions.
• Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to build trust among diverse groups.
• Strong team member who is willing to invest time and energy to help others succeed.
• Strong sense of integrity and drive to achieve. All candidates should be self-starters and interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience.

To Apply
This position is available immediately. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@rsed.org with the words “Data and Measurement” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest, and please visit us as www.rsed.org to learn more about Rocketship!