Science.Technology.Engineering.Math – all components that make up our Middle Grade STEM team. In northwest Louisiana, only 57 percent of sixth graders are proficient in math. On the other end of the spectrum, more than 63 percent of sixth grade students are proficient in science. Middle Grade Math proficiency is a gatekeeper subject for post-secondary training. Math is essential to help students identify and analyze patterns, use logic and critical thinking skills and solve problems – all skills needed for career success. Middle grade math and science are critical for academic achievement, college attainment and a thriving workforce in NWLA.