Algebra students at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Kinston, N.C., are learning the subject in a whole new way this year with a curriculum that stresses real-world math. For example, students are learning high-level math skills while performing water-testing experiments and learning sports statistics. "It's not like you're just doing busy math work," seventh-grader Anne-Wesley Taylor said. "You're not just copying down problems. You're actually solving regular-day problems."

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