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Document Number: 2233

How Well Are Students Learning?: Focus on Math Achievement - The Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy found that student achievement in this country has risen "by only a snail's pace" since the 1970s. Reading gains have been "exceedingly small," although math achievement among 9- and 13-year-olds has risen significantly. And students from the middle grades on up continue to underperform. The report examines the direction of public school achievement, the significance of change, the policies and practices influencing the direction of student achievement and whether the public is getting the complete story on student learning. Math achievement gets a close look, as do "exemplary" schools, which the center notes are not always what they seem. (Brown Center on Education Policy, 2000)...


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