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February 13, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Study finds no advantages to single-sex schools or classrooms

Students in single-gender schools or classrooms don’t do any better academically than those in co-ed ones, a new study says.

Despite the increasing popularity of single-sex classrooms and schools, the study didn’t find the benefits of single-sex schooling that have been touted by  supporters.

“There are lots of wonderful all-boy and all-girl schools out there,” said Erin Pahlke of Washington’s Whitman College, one of the study’s authors. “The question is: Is it necessary that they are gender segregated? The answer here is it doesn’t look like it.”

The students in single-sex settings didn’t do any worse either, but Pahlke hopes the study, written along with two professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will end the debate over whether single-sex education, by itself, should be promoted as a tool to improve America’s schools.


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