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A Stagnant Nation: Why American Students are Still at Risk

Abstract

"A Stagnant Nation: Why American Students are Still at Risk shows the lack of progress in the school reform movement since the 1983 release of the National Commission on Excellence in Education's letter to the American people, A Nation at Risk. ED in 08's report card explains that key recommendations related to time, teaching and standards have yet to be realized. The report also says that America's economic future remains gravely at risk.

The paper includes a report card that critically scrutinizes the lack of progress in the school reform movement. The report also shines a light on the lack of learning taking place in America's schools, including: one in four high school seniors cannot glean basic information about subway fares by reading a Metrorail guide; two out of five high school seniors lack math skills that are commonly taught in 7th or 8th grade math; and reading skills have declined for 12th grade students from all backgrounds, including those with college-educated parents."

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