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Reality Check 2006: Are Parents and Students Ready for More Math and Science?

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The first in a series of Reality Check reports finds that parents and students do not share the concern of business and government leaders about flagging math and science skills. In fact, parents' concern about math and science achievement has actually declined since the mid-1990s. Only one quarter of high school students say lack of emphasis on science and math is a problem in their own school. The survey found no significant differences between the attitudes of high school girls and boys, but minority students are more likely than whites to say math and science are "absolutely essential" and that lack of emphasis is a problem in their school.