Thanks to the generosity of donors who have chosen to support SVCF with gifts to our community endowment, SVCF has made a total of $90 million in grants to over 500 organizations since 2008 in four key grantmaking areas: economic security, education, immigration and building strong communities. In 2016 and 2017, SVCF is completing a comprehensive grantmaking review process to determine our new grantmaking strategies. As part of that effort, we are publishing a series of impact reports. This is an excerpt from the report about our education grantmaking strategy.
Teachers are central to improving student outcomes, yet in schools with high percentages of English learners, students of color and low-income students, teachers tend to be less experienced, are more likely to lack full credentials and have less access to professional development and opportunities to learn from other teachers. SVCF prioritized funding for professional development to improve mathematics instruction. Through our nonprofit partners, we provided more than 900 training and support opportunities to local teachers between 2011 and 2015, which benefitted more than 133,000 students.
Of the teachers who participated in these opportunities and for whom data was available, more than 80 percent reported that they improved their overall teaching practices. Overall, students whose teachers received professional development outperformed their peers on standardized tests: 55 percent scored proficient or higher on the pre-algebra or algebra standardized tests, compared to 38 percent of students whose teachers did not receive the training.
Learn more about SVCF's education strategy.