BU Scientists Give Local Students a Boost
From BU Today:
With every chemistry lesson she teaches, Holly Rosa strives to provide her 10th grade students at Boston’s English High School in Jamaica Plain with the skills and knowledge they’ll be tested on when they take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam. Improving cumulative test performance is a common goal among the school’s science teachers, all of whom favor innovative chemistry instruction as they try to improve their school’s routinely substandard MCAS exam track record. Last year, only a third of English High’s 10th graders “progressed toward proficiency,” on the MCAS science test, and a large majority failed the chemistry section. Now the teachers at English High are getting help to achieve that goal, thanks to a new collaboration with Boston University Women in Chemistry (BUWIC) and its undergraduate affiliate, Chemia.