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 2016, 23.5% of South Carolina students in eleventh grade met the ACT benchmarks for Mathematics. In a national study, 40% of South Carolina students attending four-year colleges (and 68% of SC students in two-year colleges) require remediation.
- 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.