Monday, February 12, 2007

Fourth-Grade Slump

In an article in Newsweek...

In the pressure-cooker world of the nation's elementary schools, it's hard to be 9 years old.

Terri Bollinger, principal at the Ridge Central elementary school, has noticed a troubling trend. Her third graders are doing incredibly well. Most of them meet or exceed Illinois state reading standards. But her fifth graders aren't showing the same kind of improvement—and in 2005, their reading scores even dropped a little. Bollinger thinks she knows why. For complicated reasons, some kids lose their mojo when they get to fourth grade.

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