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Reform of Education - Reform of Education In1983,...

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Reform of Education In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a scathing review of American  education titled “A Nation at Risk.” Although the Commission did find some successes, the majority  of the report focused on the failure of American education to prepare students for competing in a  global market. Educational mediocrity, it claimed, caused lowered SAT (formerly the Scholastic  Aptitude Test) scores, declining standards, grade inflation, poor performance in math and science,  and functional illiteracy (reading and writing skills insufficient for daily living). The report also  identified  social promotion , which is the practice of promoting students who do not have basic skills  to the next higher grade in order to preserve their self-esteem by continuing on with their classmates,  as a culprit. Much of the discussion surrounding the report focused upon the lower SAT scores and 
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