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Math and science gaps found at elite Fairfax school

Published on: 
Thu, 05/31/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Educators at Fairfax County’s vaunted Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are seeking explanations for an unusual uptick in the number of freshmen who have struggled in math and science.

In recent years, about 8 percent of the school’s freshmen have landed on a “watch list” of students with grade-point averages below 3.3 on a 4-point scale. This year, that proportion nearly doubled to 15 percent, and teachers said they were overwhelmed with students needing extra help.

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