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House appropriators are hoping a small slice of the Department of Education's next budget will make a big impact on school reform, especially in the nation's poorest areas.
President Clinton was right to congratulate the nation's 4th grade students on their accomplishments following the release in June of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The study showed that American 4th graders ranked second in the world in science, though only 8th in math. But TIMSS also raises a deep concern, particularly in mathematics. By the 8th grade, our students have fallen to 28th place in the international mathematics rankings. That is, between the 4th and the 8th grades, U.S. students have slipped from a bit above average to well below average in math. What is being done in classrooms across the globe that doesn't happen in the U.S. classroom? A fuller look at the TIMSS results is needed.
The national movement to connect all schools to the Internet is wonderful, but simply getting on the information highway is not enough.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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