Political Bites : Extra Year of Science/Math To Prepare for Tougher Standards?

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Will an extra year of high-school science and math improve students’ skills in the subjects?

An extra year will probably not significantly help.  The real problem is that students are not engaged in their learning.  We continue to relax requirements because doing the work of getting kids excited about learning is more difficult than most schools are willing to invest in.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to tell schools from prisons on the outside.  Have we ever asked what impact that has on the inside?

Background:
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/05/10/20120510arizona-raises-high-school-graduation-bar.html
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/05/10/20120510arizona-kids-still-behind-science.html

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