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Despite State and Federal laws that make it difficult for schools to support all girl or boy classes, some schools in New Jersey are hoping that single-sex classes will help their students’ academic performance.

“Now it’s real easy to concentrate without all the boys,” said a 12-year-old girl in the pilot program.

Teachers are reporting higher test scores, calmer classes, and more “healthy” academic competition.

The Federal No Child Left Behind laws contains an exemption to state and federal sex discrimination laws, with parental consent, for schools to group students by gender for classes if the purpose is to improve academic performance., 11-3-08.