For years, engineers and scientists have worried that American students didn't learn enough mathematics to pursue their disciplines once they got to college. After two years of assessment, the President's National Mathematics Advisory Panel agrees. It says that American student achievement in math is at a mediocre level compared with peer nations, and recommends a thorough revision of the American math curriculum. The panel's streamlined K-12 curriculum would focus on preparing students for algebra by grade 8. The panel also supports memorization of mathematical facts to free "working memory" for solving more complex problems. The panel supports better training for math teachers and the use of specialists to teach elementary mathematics.
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