We Teach Science is an organization that connects public middle school students with science, technology, engineering, and math professionals for Remote Tutoring and Mentoring sessions (RTM). The goal of the RTM program is to help students identified as being at risk of failing Algebra I to succeed through increased exposure to algebra and individual-level attention. RTM is highly flexible in that it allows students and their mentors to connect from separate locations through the use of technology; both audio connections and an interactive whiteboard allow real-time virtual communication and shared exploration of mathematical concepts.
- 116 student-mentor pairs participated from September 2012 through May 2013 from five schools in the San Francisco Bay Area
- 1,500 hours of Algebra mentoring executed over the academic year
- Mentors attended 85% of their sessions
- Student demographics:
- 35% Latino, 34% Asian, 21% percent White, 4% African American
- 55% male and 45% female students
We Teach Science Tutoring and Mentoring program increases the performance of the student involved:
- RTM students on average grew 13.3 California Standardized Test (CST) math points as compared to the peers not in the program. This figure represents at 16% increase over average RTM growth in 2011-2012.
- We Teach Science students attained 2.0 points of growth per hour of mentoring on the Algebra I CST, representing an 11% growth over the RTM program last year.
- 60% of RTM students in the Far Below Basic and Below Basic bands moved up a band, as compared to only 10% of peer students.
Figure 1 below shows the relative growth of RTM versus Peer.students (from 7th to 8th grade) in each of our five participating schools.
Figure 2 below shows how often RTM students moved up a band compared to peers.