Green schools and students' science scores are related

Feb 29, 2012

A nationwide survey shows a positive correlation between Green School practices and student achievement in science. The study was conducted by the University of Colorado Denver's Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. And presented Wednesday at the Green Schools National Network conference in Denver.

Schools that took part in the survey observe GreenPrint core practices as defined by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN). The core practices are:

  • Curriculum that advances environmental literacy and sustainability
  • Stewardship and service learning
  • Sustainable facilities design and management
  • Health and well being
  • Strong partnerships and networks
The results of the survey suggest that as schools implement Green Print core practices at higher levels, student achievement in science tends to show improvement. Approximately 100 schools from 28 states took part in the survey. data was gathered from most recent state and district assessment scores in science via state department of education websites as well as the survey.

Participating schools were divided into four regions based on the United States Census . The regions are West, South, Midwest and Northeast. An average survey score was calculated for each region. Schools from the Midwest had the highest average survey score at 64 percent. The score for schools in the West, including 16 from Colorado, was 55 percent. Schools from the South scored 58 percent and schools in the Northeast scored 49 percent.

"The green movement is relatively young when it comes to schools," said Bryan Shao-Chang Wee, PhD, assistant professor of education. "We learned several things that will be valuable in continuing to collect data and validating this preliminary online survey."

In order to help establish the importance of green schools in the United States, Wee and his team of researchers would like to do further research by refining the survey and obtaining a larger sample. Researchers would also like to visit green schools for data collection and to evaluate whether the GreenPrint core practices have any correlation to subjects such as reading, writing, social studies and math.

"One more important element moving forward is refining the GreenPrint core practices. We need to accurately define the criteria for measuring these practices so schools can accurately report and gauge their success on the ," said Hillary Mason, a graduate researcher on the team.

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0.1 / 5 (37) Feb 29, 2012
This should come as no surprise since environmentalism is based on science and originates from science.

That is why Religious Conservatives are opposed to Environmentalism, because they are opposed to Science.
3.4 / 5 (5) Feb 29, 2012
It's more likely that the select Science students are awarded with better scores to align / bribe them for the Green Agenda!
0.1 / 5 (37) Feb 29, 2012
Ya. All science is just a conspiracy against you Vile Conservative Dung Eaters.
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2012
If it's not based upon mathematics then it's not science. The first two sciences taught in high school should be physics and chemistry. AFTER students have passed both with satisfactory grades, then they can opt into other less rigorous fields of study, like environmental, biology, anatomy, etc. Otherwise, they'll do just fine in a trade career. If the standardized tests have any questions beyond chemistry or physics then they're a waste of time and have no value for anyone.