Jason Shah started this company in high school with a vision to rewrite the rules for college access. When he visited his sister in 2005 during her tenure as a Teach for America
corps member, he was shocked at the number of challenges that her students had to overcome. Having just taken the SAT and curious about how these students would do when it was time to apply to college, he did some research.
By reading a report led by The Commission on the Future of Higher Education and reviewing the College Board National Report that year, he thought it was clear that, without deviation, students from higher income backgrounds consistently outperformed lower-income students. Read more about this mission here.
So he put together a business plan and launched INeedAPencil, LLC in November 2006 with the support of his parents and a web-savvy high school friend. The site launched in April 2007, and the site helps thousands of students each month improve their performance on the SAT.
In 2011, Jason transitioned leadership of INeedAPencil to CK12 Foundation. Feel free to email with any questions or ideas at support@CK12.org.