Education Report Roundup

Report Examines Single-Sex Classes

By Laura Greifner — November 28, 2006 1 min read

“Separate But Superior? A Review of Issues and Data Bearing on Single-Sex Education” is posted by the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University.

Less than a month after federal education officials affirmed the legality of single-sex education in public schools, a report says that proof of the benefits of single-sex classes is insubstantial.

Some common reasons given to promote single-sex classrooms are to increase the enrollment of girls in courses they might otherwise avoid; to improve girls’ self-esteem; and to reduce distractions for all students. But according to Gerald W. Bracey, the independent researcher who produced the analysis for the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University, in Tempe, any studies that have proven such results do not hold up under review.

A version of this article appeared in the November 29, 2006 edition of Education Week