ERIC Number: ED460183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
The 2001 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning? With Special Sections on High School Culture and Urban School Achievement.
This annual report examines student achievement in U.S. schools, using evidence released in the previous 12 months to investigate the enormous gap between the U.S. and other nations in mathematics achievement and analyze the gap in reading achievement between the nation's best and worst fourth-grade readers. The report also explores the culture of U.S. high schools, using data from a survey of foreign exchange students that examined their impressions of U.S. high schools. Responses indicate that the culture of high schools and the low status of academic accomplishments within the teen culture may present formidable obstacles to the attainment of academic excellence. Achievement in urban schools is also analyzed. Test scores from dozens of states were collected to determine how urban school districts were doing in comparison to rural and suburban districts in the same state. The report presents scores for 39 of the 50 most populous cities in the U.S., analyzing the performance of urban districts serving a substantial number of children in poverty. It also estimates the achievement gaps that urban schools must overcome to reach parity with their rural and suburban counterparts. Report Addenda conclude the document. (Contains 42 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Students, Mathematics Achievement, Minority Group Children, Poverty, Racial Differences, Reading Achievement, School Culture, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. Brown Center on Education Policy.
Note: This report is Volume 1, Number 2. Supported by the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston.