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In New York, the Pieces Didn't Add Up

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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1804
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1804

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When New York applied to the National Science Foundation's Statewide Systemic Initiatives program in 1993, its strategy was to start with the toughest schools--in economically depressed, high-minority, inner city areas--and then build up from there. Less than 2 years into the program at Buffalo's Southside School, state officials were pointing to a new approach to learning, including hands-on activities such as labs and field trips, that was transforming student attitudes toward science and math. But such changes didn't translate into what many would consider success--improved student test scores--and the program was ended.