Algebra Nation is a collaborative initiative aimed at helping students across Florida conquer Algebra 1.
In 2012, 50% of high school students were proficient in algebra. In high needs schools, the results were even more alarming – over 80% of students were not proficient. In response, the University of Florida partnered with Study Edge, an innovative educational technology company, to create Algebra Nation. Algebra Nation is a result of ongoing collaboration among teachers, professors, administrators, parents, and students. Algebra Nation provides a platform for everyone to share his or her best ideas and practices.
Click below to learn more about our impact and components.
Video Content Review Sessions
Algebra Nation videos are organized into easy-to-navigate sections. Each section contains 5-8 video lessons. These effective, entertaining videos feature lessons taught by nationally renowned Study Experts – young, energetic pros – and dynamic algebra teachers from throughout Florida. We’ve found that students will often gravitate towards one teaching personality over another, and we wanted to offer that choice for students, so multiple instructors are available for each video!
Test Yourself! Practice Tool
Interactive Algebra Wall
Algebra Nation Incentives
Easy Accessibility – Algebra on the Go!
Algebra in Action
Algebra Nation is improving students’ performance in algebra, a key gatekeeper course to success in college and careers. A University of Florida study found that Algebra Nation produced significant increases in schools’ average scores and pass rates on Florida’s Algebra 1 End of Course Exam.
- Since Algebra Nation was introduced to all districts in Florida in 2012, statewide pass rates have improved 9%.
- Students in key demographics who used Algebra Nation in schools and summer programs have increased their pass rates dramatically.
+7% Economically Disadvantaged / +8% Learning Disabilities / +10% ELL / +13.8% Rural
Algebra Nation drives engagement in algebra—from students, teachers, and families alike. Since its inception, students, parents and educators have:
- logged in to the Algebra Nation more than 8.4 million times
- watched 10.9 million videos (that’s over 1 million hours of viewership!)
- posted 1.8 million times on the Algebra Nation Wall
- answered more than 25 million “Test Yourself!” Questions
Algebra Nation incorporates research-based features to motivate students and drive their learning:
- Students learn best when they can relate to the material. Algebra Nation’s content is tailored to include examples, references, and real-world situations that students will recognize and can apply to their daily lives.
- Algebra Nation understands that students feel empowered and succeed when they have some agency in their learning. That’s why our videos let students choose between Study Experts, each with a unique teaching style and pace to match students’ preferences.(And we even have a new tool to help students pick their best match!)
- Algebra Nation’s videos are designed to help students build connections with our Study Tutors through eye contact, which has been proven to increase students’ motivation and concentration, according to research.
- Research shows that students who collaborate in carefully designed and monitored online communities—like the Algebra Nation Wall—can achieve deeper learning and better outcomes.
- Immediate feedback can help students improve their math results, but most students receive less personalized feedback than they need to learn tough-to-tackle concepts. Algebra Nation’s Test Yourself! Practice Tool quizzes students, provides immediate results, and directs them to resources that target gaps in their understanding, so the feedback can be immediate and impactful.
What Motivates Us
Algebra Nation works with amazing students, teachers, and school systems. We are motivated by their successes and triumphs, and by the challenges they face in providing the education every student deserves. Below are some of the issues that keep us up at night.
- A 2016 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that states that reformed their finance systems to send more money to low-income districts saw students’ performance rise over 10 years due to the increased spending. The gains were significant compared to student gains in states that did not increase funding to low-income districts.
- Civil Rights data show that states with less funding tend to have higher/student teacher ratios, while schools serving minority students have high rates of first-year teachers.