Published Online: May 7, 2013
Published in Print: May 8, 2013, as Science Education

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"Opportunity to Learn Science?"

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Students in high-performing schools have more and deeper opportunities to learn science than those in struggling schools, according to a Massachusetts course audit released by the Rennie Center, a Boston-based school improvement group.

The audit found high-performing schools were more likely to have teachers certified to teach science, and to have positions for instructors who teach only science, even in elementary grades.

Students in high-performing schools had, on average, 60 minutes more of science instruction each week than students in low-performing schools, and they were also more likely to have access to Advanced Placement and other honors courses in science.

High-performing schools were also more likely to offer science fairs, clubs, and other science-based extracurricular activities.

Vol. 32, Issue 30, Page 5

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