Passing Through Science: The Effects of Raising Graduation Requirements in Science on Course-Taking and Academic Achievement in Chicago

Steve Spangler mentioned this report on his blog today. The Consortium on Chicago School Research at The University of Chicago released a report on the effects of a policy to dramatically increase science graduation requirements- an increase from 1 year of science to 3 years in order to graduate.

Some findings from the report include:

  • students’ coursework in science did increase
  • most students took entry level science courses- fewer students took physics and chemistry courses
  • no effect on the number of student who attended college

Click HERE to download the report.

I think the results are interesting and force us to think deeply about some of the issues in math and science education. Do students need more or do they need different?


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