Education: Flunking Grade in Math

U.S. students are barely beyond the basics

Educators have been fretting for years about the state of math instruction in American public schools. In one attempt to get students on track, Congress in 1965 passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, sending a back-to- basics message that it hoped would improve achievement in math and other subjects. Last week the results of such efforts were totted up in a newly released study titled The Mathematics Report Card -- Are We Measuring Up? Its assessment of the performance of U.S. high school students in 1986: "Dismal."

The study was conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) of...

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