Project Lead The Way gained profound insights into the evolving landscape of Algebra 1 education through a comprehensive survey that targeted both our network’s high school math teachers and a diverse external audience of 500 administrators and teachers nationwide.
We found that 89% of PLTW educators and 80% of non-PLTW educators identified that their students find Algebra 1 challenging. Among those who felt Algebra 1 to be challenging, 50% believed that half of their students struggle with it. We also determined that 76% of PLTW educators and 82% of non-PLTW educators already offer additional support for Algebra 1 through supplemental, enrichment, or remediation programs. Those who don't offer additional support cite reasons such as not having enough time or not having a sufficient budget to offer, schedule, or teach supplemental Algebra 1.
To further these insights, PLTW enlisted Stoked, a design thinking organization, to lead empathy interviews with educators and students. These interviews aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the specific challenges that educators and students face in Algebra 1 education.