Sacramento, as the capital of California, should be setting the bar for educational success for all students. Yet just 41% of children living in poverty in Sacramento scored proficient or higher on their math state standardized tests, compared to 74% of their more affluent peers. In science, the statistics are similarly disheartening—just 47% of low-income kids scored proficient or higher, compared to 77% of their wealthier neighbors.
Teach for America in Sacramento successfully completed its first year of operations in June 2013. We were thrilled to partner with community members and leaders across the city to change the dynamic for students growing up here. In our first year, Teach For America - Sacramento placed 16 talented, committed individuals in schools across four districts. In the summer of 2013, we tripled our corps size, by welcoming 30 additional teachers. In 2014, we expect to bring 40 more teachers to the region. This will allow for significant impact, giving Teach For America the unique opportunity to play a key role in closing the opportunity gap in the Sacramento region. With nearly half of our teachers hailing from the Sacramento area, we believe we are well-positioned to help foster a culture of excellence that will shift educational outcomes for our students both in the city and across the state.
Teach For America has been active in California since 1990, and Los Angeles and the Bay Area have grown into two of our largest regions in the nation. However, there is much more we can do. California schools educate one out of every eight kids in the United States, and it’s critical for us to work closely with local partners to expand educational opportunities for students in Sacramento and beyond.