Silicon Valley Research Alliance

After several years of sustained partnership among school districts, county education officials, foundation leaders, university faculty, and math intervention specialists, the Silicon Valley Data Consortium was formalized in May 2010 to support and study analytically students’ math pathways from middle school through high school.

The consortium members are interested in understanding the variation in students’ preparation in algebra, and the consequences for postsecondary readiness.

This alliance was formed to examine how students are progressing in mathematics classes, and how to improve their postsecondary prospects with instructional support.

REL West is assisting with a sustained planning and analysis process that can study changes to instructional design and student math placement.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the alliance is to prepare students for college by ensuring adequate preparation in math, beginning in middle school and continuing through high school, as measured by student achievement results in targeted grade levels, by:

  • Improving and increasing the quality, relevance, and timeliness of diagnostic testing in mathematics to help guide instructional support.
  • Developing consistent course placement metrics, including multiple measures, which are validated over time.


The alliance includes eleven school districts located in Silicon Valley, California; the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; ALearn; Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley; university faculty; and MDRC, a research partner.

Alliance Events and Webinars

Exploring Local and Statewide High School and Middle School Math Achievement Data Relative to Course Placement, October 2012

Implications for Math Course Placement in the Middle Grades and Preparation for Postsecondary Education, April 2012