Studentsí Knowledge Doubles with Bible History
The most telling way to measure the impact of Bible history classes is by comparing students’ Bible knowledge before and after completing a course.
Every year, a test on basic Bible knowledge is administered at the beginning and end of the school year to gauge the course’s impact. The test results (seen at right) are very telling.
When students take the test at the beginning of the course, the average score over the last three years has been 42%, a failing grade. Since about half of the students have had little or no pervious exposure to Bible, clearly many students score even much lower.
By the end of the semester, the class average has risen to 80%, a nearly double increase and a passing grade.
Progress like this is no accident. It is due to the ongoing investment made by the Chattanooga community in the quality of public school education, by providing an academically rich Bible history curriculum, at no cost to the taxpayer.
This year, 13,717 students in 18 schools across Hamilton County can elect to study Bible history. Meanwhile, 7,419 students in 20 schools throughout the county still do not have access to this curriculum, and experience tells us that roughly half have never opened a Bible in their lives.
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