Today, less than half of our local high school graduates are college-eligible. Amongst Hispanics, that figure drops to 31%. Math is a major roadblock. Less than 26% of Silicon Valley low-income 8th grade students successfully complete Algebra 1 and less than 8% successfully complete Algebra 2. Algebra is nationally recognized as the “gateway course” to college success.
Locally, the need for academic intervention is critical. In the Alum Rock Unified School District, an overwhelming majority of students are "below grade level" in math, as shown on the 2015 standardized test, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP). In ARUSD, 80% of 6th graders 73% of 7th graders, and 81% of 8th graders did not pass the grade-level standard for math. For the East Side Union High School District, 60% of all 11th graders did not pass the grade-level standard for math. Worse yet, 85% of all Latino 11th graders in this school district are underperforming. The need for academic intervention is critical.
ALearn aims to lower the “achievement gap” of low-income students by partnering with local school districts and nonprofits to offer programs which are designed to help struggling students become proficient in math, get on a college track in high school, and establish a college-going mindset.