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Document Number: 5749

How Well Are American Students Learning? - This is the fifth annual edition of the Brown Center Report on American Education. The report is divided into three sections. The first analyzes a sample of NAEP items and finds that most of the math needed to solve the average item on the eighth grade NAEP is taught by the end of third grade. The second section of the report presents a survey of middle school math teachers and finds that a significant number of math teachers at this level lack formal undergraduate training in mathematics and receive inadequate professional development. The third section of the report examines the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. (Tom Loveless, The Brookings Institution, November 2004)...

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