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Document Number: 8540

Passing Through Science: The Effects of Raising Graduation Requirements in Science on Course-Taking and Academic Achievement in Chicago - Over the past few years, there have been many calls for the United States to improve its competitiveness globally by enhancing students' knowledge and skills in technology, mathematics and—especially—science. However, the current research does not tell us whether requiring all students to take more, higher-level science classes will necessarily lead to improvements in student outcomes. The new policy in the Chicago Public Schools substantially changed the science courses students took but most students earned low grades in these classes, suggesting they were minimally engaged and learned little. (Nicolas Montgomery, Elaine Allensworth, Macarena Correa,Consortium on Chicago School Research, March 2010)...

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