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Why U.S. Students Don't Get Algebra

International assessments show that U.S. students tend to do worse in mathematics as they get older. The Trends in International Math and Science Study (2011), shows that U.S. students scored 41 points higher than the international average in 4th grade but only 9 points higher than the international average in 8th grade. And although being higher than the international average may seem like a good thing, that overall average includes Botswana, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, and some other countries we might not want to emulate. As for the high-performing countries, like Korea and Singapore, U.S. students scored more than 100 points lower. The situation in high school is even worse. “The Nation’s Repor

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