The school district of East Feliciana, Louisiana was having difficulty in maintaining academic standards for 4th and 8th grade students. It employed a new placed-based approach to learning that, over three years, meeasurably improved student performance.
The Rural School and Community Trust reports:
"Using the environment as the theme of their new place-based learning program, students studied local soil, rocks and minerals, ecology, topography, weather, biodiversity, and water quality. Nature trails and butterfly gardens were built. Over time, the focus of place-based work has expanded to include local geography and history as a meaningful context to teach science, mathematics, social studies and language arts."
Improvements: reduction from 1998 to 2002 in number of East Feliciana students rated unsatisfactory in LEAP 21 scores.
English language -- 14.2% --from 32.6 to 18.4
Mathematics -- 19.1% -- from 44.0 to 24.9
Science -- 8.1% -- from 27.5 to 19.4
Social studies -- 11.3% -- from 39.4 to 28.1
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