Student Performance in New High School Biology Programs

Science  17 Jan 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3603, pp. 265-266
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3603.265


Data on the effectiveness of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study course were obtained from several sources, including experimental use with 65,000 students. Any of the three versions of this biology course can be taught to average and above-average 10th-grade students. Achievement on the associated comprehensive test is more closely related to the ability and sex of the student, the salary of the teacher, the proportion of graduates of the school who go to college, the size of the class, and the adequacy of laboratory facilities than to the version of the course.