While New York State high school students struggle to pass the Regents physics exams - or don't take it at all - a group of middle school students from two NYC public middle schools are taking the test. And an astonishing 90 percent of the students are passing.
STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and math, are becoming increasingly important in schools since these fields are full of jobs. According to the New York Daily News, some schools in NYC are working to prepare students for careers in science and math fields:
Each summer for up to six weeks - depending on the budget available - the students report to school for academics in the morning and sports and other fun in the afternoon.
While it's not uncommon as a way to offer catch-up to kids who've fallen behind, a daily double period of tough academic subjects - including trigonometry and physics - helps these students accelerate.