Earlier this year, officials sent out surveys to students, parents, and teachers involved in single-gender classes to ask how the new style was affecting them. About 7,000 students, or 41 percent of those enrolled, responded. Most believed the program helped their classroom performance and their own self-confidence.
While admitting the results are not scientific, state Education Superintendent Jim Rex was pleased with the results. Rex has been a proponent of alternative approaches to public schooling and oversaw the single-gender programs put into place in 2007.
83 percent of middle-school students who responded said they thought the program increased their likelihood of finishing high school. 94 percent of their parents thought their children would be better prepared to graduate. 85 percent of teachers said they saw better effort from students.