Let me get on my high-horse for a better vantage point. OK this just sucks. In the middle of Silicon Valley we are being left behind
We have a region-wide problem: Low percentages of college readiness for Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander students across districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Individual schools buck the trends, but districts do not.
Why and how is this possible? With a school district that is well funded you’d think there would be a desire to close the achievement gap. Well here is a little know fact, collage preparedness begins in the seventh grade.
At most middle schools, the paths diverge when some kids take pre-algebra in 7th grade and algebra in 8th, while others wait till high school to try algebra. Passing algebra in 8th grade is the first step on the track that leads to geometry in 9th grade, advanced algebra in 10th grade, pre-calculus in 11th and calculus in 12th grade. Students who aspire to a university degree in a STEM field – science, technology, engineering and math – need to be on this track.
We as parents and community need to invest more in ensuring our children get in the courses they need to succeed. This won’t happen because someone gives it to you, but because we demand it of ourselves and the school districts.
Effective schools organize to reach their goals. They focus intensely on tracking students’ progress to make sure they get help when they need it – before they lose hope.
I couldn’t say it better myself.