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Study: Access to challenging math courses varies widely

from Education Week

U.S. students typically encounter an easier math curriculum than those in many other nations, a new study finds, with wide differences also seen across states and school districts. Within the United States, students from disadvantaged background all too often have less access to challenging math courses, and the effect shows up in standardized test scores. "The consequences are clear—less opportunity to learn challenging mathematics corresponds to lower achievement," the study says. This study of access to math courses dovetails on studies pointing to uneven access to physics courses, suggesting a clear public policy objective for scientific professional societies. more

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