Released in November 2004, the fifth annual edition of the Brown Center Report on American Education (as it does every year) analyzes the difficulty of items on the math portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), examines the content training of middle school math teachers, and evaluates the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Some of the initial findings from the report are a bit disturbing, as it notes that the math items on the NAEP assessment lack challenging arithmetic, often requiring skills that are several years below grade level. From this page, visitors may download and view the entire report (authored by Tom Loveless), examine a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the report's primary findings, and view the previous five reports, which date back to the year 2000.


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