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Beating the Odds: The Real Challenges Behind the Math

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Jobs for the Future, Inc.

Author(s): Katie Bayerl; Susan Goldberger

Topic: Education (Curriculum)

Keywords: math achievement; University Park Campus School; high school standards


One of the most persistent inequities in U.S. education is the gap in math achievement along income and race lines. Yet some secondary schools "beat the odds," producing consistently strong math performance with students who likely would fail in traditional settings. Beating the Odds highlights overlooked obstacles to raising math achievement and describe the key characteristics of model schools that are rising to the challenge. JFF prepared this report for the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education.


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