Science emphasis in Chicago schools has little effect on learning

A college-preparatory curriculum that has had all Chicago high-school students taking three years of science since 1997 increased enrollment in science courses, but that did not translate into higher grades for students or increase the number of students enrolling in college, according to a study from the Consortium on Chicago School Research. Researchers found that many students passed their science requirements with C's and D's before and after the policy was adopted. They suggested more academic support and classroom engagement is needed to help students perform better.

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