- Less than 1 in 2 SF Bay Area students are proficient at Algebra by the end of 8th grade
- California ranks 46th in 8th grade math and almost last in science
- The United States has the 6th lowest math scores worldwide
This is a disturbing situation for California and especially Silicon Valley, which prides itself on being the leading high-tech economic center in the US. If this trend is allowed to continue, California-based high-tech companies will continue to be forced look to elsewhere (other states and abroad) for innovators that will design and build tomorrow’s world.
The study of Algebra I, in particular, is commonly recognized as a gatekeeper to the college-preparatory track. We Teach Science Foundation is working to close the achievement gap for K-12 students by motivating, inspiring and mentoring American public school students to achieve excellence in the disciplines of math and science, using local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Professionals from the private sector.