Who We Are
We are just like many of you - concerned parents, teachers, administrators, and education policy makers - thinking about what future lies ahead for our children and country. We understand how important mathematics is for our children’s education, college and future job opportunities. As parents of young girls, the founders also understand the additional challenge for girls to excel in math and participate in all a robust math education provides.
The RLM founders decided to focus on early math education, K - 6 grade, because of the increasing importance of an Elementary School math foundation to succeed in higher level math. Improving Elementary School math education will produce the biggest improvement on all the downstream higher level mathematics challenges encountered in Middle School, High School, and college. Research shows High School students achieving Algebra II or higher have twice the probability of graduating from college in four years. But if a student does not reach Algebra I by Middle School, their chances are significantly reduced. How well they have learned basic numeracy in Elementary School will determine if they reach Algebra I in Middle School.
Based on the industry research, we found that improving basic numeracy and arithmetic proficiency which are the foundation of all mathematics was the place to start to achieve the greatest math improvement for students. Research shows many math deficiencies experienced in High School originated way back in Elementary School and were simply carried year to year never being resolved. RLM wants to break this cycle by addressing the problem at the source, Elementary School. We are incorporating everything learned from research into our RLM math platform.