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Education Today: Manifestations of a Problem "Our nation is at risk," according to the National Commission on Excellence in Education.1 This report cites the following evidence, taken from a number of other studies, for the crises that exist in our schools today. 1. American students scored last on seven of nineteen academic tests comparing student achievement with other industrialized nations. 2. Compared to twenty-six years ago when Sputnik was launched, average high school student achievement on most standardized test scores has dropped. 3. An unbroken decline in the College Boards Scholastic Aptitude Test from 1963 to 1980 has been reported. 4. Approximately twenty-three million American adults and thirteen percent-of all seventeen-year-olds in the United States can be considered functionally illiterate. S. Nearly 40 percent of American seventeen-year-olds cannot draw inferences from written material. 6. Only one-fifth of American seventeen-year-olds can write a persuasive essay, and only one-third can solve a mathematics problem requiring several steps. 7. Science achievement scores of U.S. seventeen-year-olds as measured by national assessments of science has shown a steady decline. 8. Finally, remedial mathematics courses have increased 2 by 72 percent and now constitute one-quarter of all mathematics courses taught in public four-year colleges.2

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology: Teaching

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Len Froyen


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