According to a new study out today from the Center for American Progress, which picked over three years of data collected by the Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, 37 percent of fourth-graders say their math work is “often” or “always” too easy, 57 percent of eighth-graders says the same about their history work, and 39 percent of seniors say they rarely have to write papers on what they read about in class.
Almost a third of eight-graders say they read less than five pages a day, and are only required to write long answers on reading tests twice a year or less.
Among the key findings:
Many schools are not challenging students and large percentages of students report that their school work is “too easy.”
Many students are not engaged in rigorous learning activities.
Students don’t have access to key science and technology learning opportunities.
Too many students don’t understand their teacher’s questions and report that they are not learning during class.
Students from disadvantaged background are less likely to have access to more rigorous learning opportunities.
Policymakers must continue to push for higher, more challenging standards.
Students need more rigorous learning opportunities, and our nation needs to figure out ways to provide all students with the education that they deserve.
Researchers and educators should continue to develop student surveys.
A PDF copy of the report can be found at Do Schools Challenge Our Students?