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Document Number: 4541

A Nation at Risk - This legendary report was commissioned by the U.S. Secretary of Education in 1981 and suggests that the United States is running the risk of losing its premier status among nations as a result of the perceived shortcomings of its public education system. The report presents statistics that the authors believe suggest shortcomings in American education and provides recommendations touching upon a number of areas, including high school graduation requirements, standards and expectations of students, structure of the school calendar, teaching, and school and elected leaders. (National Commission on Excellence in Education, April 1983)...

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