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 establishment on June 2013. We were thrilled to partner with community members and leaders across the city to change the dynamic for students growing up here. Since its inception, Teach For America - Sacramento has placed 46 talented, committed individuals in schools across four district partners, impacting the lives of over 2000 students. In the summer of 2013, we tripled our corps size, by welcoming 30 additional corps members. 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 several members of our corps 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 maintained a presence in California since 1990, and our corps in Los Angeles and the Bay Area have grown into two of our largest regions. But there is 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.