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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:
- In Spring 2016, 67% of 8th grade students in Michigan failed to earn at least a “Proficient” score on the state’s M-STEP Mathematics exam, while 63% of 11th graders didn’t scored high enough on the state’s MME exam to be considered ready for success in college or a career, according to Michigan Department of Education data.
- 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.