The S.C. Legislature and the S.C. Department of Education are now considering an appropriation for Algebra Nation, and TCCC supports continued funding for the program.
Algebra Nation, a web-based instructional tool that was created in Florida and implemented in South Carolina in 2017, is being used in more than 60 districts across the state. Through the program, teachers can assign videos to students based on their learning needs, making it possible for students to progress at their own pace through Algebra 1.
Students can test themselves using a practice tool and receive personalized feedback to address gaps in their understanding.
It was brought here following a recommendation by TCCC’s Math Pathways Project Team, comprised of math specialists from the four districts and math professors from six of local colleges and universities to address a critical shortfall in math proficiency and Algebra in particular.
While it is too early to tell whether this program is impacting student achievement, early evidence is very positive, and the program is quite popular among students and teachers.
While there are many competing programs for consideration in the appropriations process, we believe this $1.5 million initiative is worthy of support.