Learning in America

Tyler, Ralph W.
January 1978
Education Digest;Jan1978, Vol. 43 Issue 5, p13
The article focuses on issues related to learning in the U.S. The available data regarding the educational achievements of the country's children are not wholly consistent with the trend in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) furnished information on the educational achievements of a reliable sample of 9-, 13-, 17-, and 26- to 35-year-olds. In surveys taken in 1971 and 1975, the NAEP found an estimated 50,000 more nine-year-olds were able to respond correctly to a typical reading item in 1975 than in 1971. The reading performance of 17-year-olds has also improved somewhat during the past four years, but reading achievements of 13-year-olds has changed little during this period. In mathematics, the NAEP found that 90 percent of 17-year-olds can add, subtract, multiply, and divide accurately with whole numbers, but only 45 percent can use these skills in working out the amount of income tax due, and other quantitative problems, often encountered by adults.


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