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Same gender classes pilot project

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Steve Benton
November 9, 2009
— A pilot program at Robinson elementary school in Beloit is showing that "same gender" classrooms may be better for some students.

Principal Sam Carter says girls are testing higher than boys in math, which is unusual. He says the boys are also testing higher than boys in regular classroom settings, but another finding is more interesting. Carter says there are far fewer discipline referrals for boys in the classes.


Some parents were concerned with the idea of "same gender" classes at first, but have warmed to the idea as time passed. He says both students and parents are now very excited about the results.


The program began with just 4th grade students in 2007 but now includes some students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.


Carter says there is discussion of other schools getting involved.



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