History & Mission
Study Edge and the University of Florida launched Math Nation (formerly known as Algebra Nation before the expansion to other courses) in 2013 with two key goals:
- Significantly improve Algebra 1 achievement in Florida
- Reduce disparities in student performance
At that time, just 50% of Florida high school students were proficient in Algebra 1. In high needs schools, proficiency rates were often under 20%.
Because Algebra 1 is a key gateway to higher-level math courses and, ultimately, high-growth careers, such low proficiency rates are likely to have long-lasting negative consequences for students.
We knew that building a strong foundation in Algebra 1 was critical to improving students’ chances at success, not only in middle and high school, but also in college and beyond — and that’s been at the core of our mission from the start.
In 2016, we rebuilt our resources from the ground up to provide a customized experience for Algebra 1 students and teachers across the state of Michigan. Our videos, workbooks, online practice tools, and teacher materials have all been aligned to the Michigan Mathematics Standards and validated by professors from Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan-Flint. High usage of Math Nation correlated with a 5.3% increase in PSAT math scores for Detroit Public Schools students in a 2018 research study conducted by Wayne State University.
Based on the success of our Algebra 1 program, we expanded our course offerings to provide comprehensive resources for students and teachers for 6-8th Grade in Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and beyond.
Math Nation is a result of ongoing collaboration among teachers, professors, administrators, families, and students. Thanks to the input they provide, we continuously adapt and improve our resources to meet the needs of today’s students and teachers.
Do you have suggestions or ideas for us? We want to hear from you!