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What is Single Sex Education?

Defining Single-Gender Education


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Single-sex education: Single-sex education, also referred to as single-gender education, is the practice of educating girls and boys in separate classes or schools. While in many countries single-sex education is the norm due to religious or cultural beliefs, in the United States the practice has not been common in public schools since the early twentieth century. However, this form of education has been continually in practice in many private schools across the nation.

Single-sex education is beginning to see a resurgence in the public schools in the United States, due in no small part to a change in federal regulation in 2006 that allows for federal funding for single-sex classrooms in public schools as long as they are (1) voluntary and (2) of "substantially equal" quality content and teaching.

Also Known As: Single-gender education, SSE, single-sex classrooms

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