Quantity of Coursework Rises Since 1983

OLson, Lynn
April 2003
Education Week;4/23/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 32, EDUCATION WEEK p1
Twenty years ago, the U.S. National Commission on Excellence in Education recommended that all high school students complete four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, three years of social studies, and a half-year of computer science in the U.S. While more students, particularly poor and minority students, are taking higher-level courses than ever before, significant gaps remain. Since 1983, studies have shown that students who take advanced courses, particularly in math, generally achieve at higher levels, attend and finish college at higher rates, and earn more as adults than their peers who take lower-level courses.


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