Hip-Hop Helps Students Pass State Mandated Test

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Fresh Prep hip-Hop EducationNEW YORK — An education program that uses hip-hop to prepare students for standardized tests is showing promise and legitimizing the art as a learning tool.

By infusing rap lyrics into subjects like language arts and history, Fresh Prep is helping students memorize lessons and increase their scores on New York’s required Regents exam.

Just recently, Fresh Prep expanded it program, teaching for the first time to students still learning English.

So far, Fresh Prep has shown strong results in the high school where it started with 30 students in 2009 — significantly more students passed that year — and promising results in some classrooms at seven high-poverty high schools where it was used last year, the organization said.

Read more at the New York Times.

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