Teacher: At-risk Students’ Grades Jump After School Changes Classroom Structure

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – A new math class is helping children learn pre-algebra, but there is one thing missing from every classroom.

“I think they are a little less distracted with those little pretty faces, so I think that’s really helping them stay a little bit more focused,” said Alison Jones, an eighth grade math teacher.

Jones is piloting the single sex class this year.

It is made up of at-risk students, including middle schoolers with behavior problems, lack of motivation or low grades.

“They just needed an extra push, some extra support, someone that believed in them and that’s what we’re giving them. We’re giving them the confidence,” said Jones.

Experts say student performance has dramatically increased.

At the end of the students’ seventh grade year, the average student GPA was a 0.6.

That number has now gone up to 1.6 halfway through eighth grade.

“This year, I look forward to stuff more. Last year, I was in trouble all of the time. I had failing grades. I had three F’s, a bunch. This year, I came to math and Miss Jones helped me a lot with math and she’s been a good tutor,” said Robert Huffman.

“I think it’s good that there’s not girls in there for these kids. They are the social ones, they love to talk and they love the ladies, so I think it’s good that they’re not in there with them,” said Jones.

The National Association for Single Sex Public Education points to studies saying students perform better when split up.

However, critics say it is discriminatory, adding that when students grow up, they will have to work together.

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