A new charter school for girls in St. Louis will focus on math, engineering and technology while trying to close the gender gap in the male-dominated hard sciences.
It began as an experiment last school year: segregate male and female students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.
Boys and girls whose obesity persisted from the start of kindergarten through fifth grade performed worse on the math tests.
If the governor gives his blessing, next year’s class of freshmen will have to complete four years of math instead of the current three to graduate.
The nonprofit centers would serve children attending any St. Louis public school in which a majority of students scored less than “proficient” on the most recent statewide assessment.
Lt. Gov. visits all 40 community colleges in Illinois.
In Missouri, the average math score for eighth-graders was 282 on a scale of 0 to 500.