Testing Single-Gender Classrooms
Tuesday is test day for the unusual idea. MAP test day, that is.
"I think they're ready, you know," Field Elementary teacher Erica Borcherding said.
The fifth graders at Field Elementary, in Columbia, have been part of an experiment in gender separated classrooms.
"I think it's turned out really well," Field Elementary teacher John Gerhart said.
Teachers and parents both enjoy the new setup.
"I think overall it's a much calmer environment, much more conducive for learning," Borcherding said. "They're willing to help each other and there's not a lot of competition."
"Yeah, my family likes it a lot better because I get a lot more better grades," Fifth grader Troy Coureton said.
In previous years the school as a whole didn't score well on the MAP test, but educators hope that this year will be different. Early numbers show a drop in problems and an increase in grades.
"I think they'll show a great deal of improvement," Gerhart said. "We've been tracking improvement in reading and writing scores and math scores, and they've increased a great deal over last year."
At least one student hopes the program will see another year.
"I think its a good little program we're doing here and I hope it can still continue," one student said.
Although MAP test results won't be back until September, teachers will meet with the parents of next year's fifth graders in the next couple of months to decide whether to continue the program next year.