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adminisered every wo years by he Naional Cener or Educaion Saisics. Welooked specically a he suden quesionnaire, which collecs suden-reporedinormaion on demographics and classroom experiences.In reviewing he daa, we examined a number o issues ha rack curren debaesover educaion policy and research. Given he recen debaes over academic san-dards, or insance, we looked closely a issues o rigor and suden expecaions. Dosudens hink ha hey are being challenged enough? Do eachers engage sudensin deep learning opporuniies? We were also ineresed in issues o access since su-dens provide an imporan, classroom-eye view o he resources ha are available ohem. Are all sudens being given access o he ypes o learning opporuniies hahey need o be prepared or college and he modern workplace? Are hose resourcesdisribued airly among dieren ypes o sudens and schools? Among our ndings:
Many schools are not challenging students and large percentages of studentsreport that their school work is “too easy.”
I sudens are going o succeed inhe compeiive global economy, hey need o be exposed o a rigorous curricu-lum. Bu many sudens believe heir class work is oo easy. weny-nine perceno eighh-grade mah sudens naionwide, or insance, repor ha heir mah work is oen or always oo easy.
In some saes like Virginia, nearly a hird o middle-school sudens repored heir work was oen or always oo easy.Tis nding was consisen across grades and subjec mater. We ound ha 51percen o eighh-grade civics sudens and 57 percen o eighh-grade hisory sudens repor ha heir work is oen or always oo easy. Elemenary schoolsudens also revealed ha hey aren’ being challenged by heir mah work—37percen o ourh-grade sudens repored ha heir mah work is oen or alwaysoo easy. Among high school sudens, 21 percen o 12
graders said heir mah work was oen or always oo easy, while 56 percen and 55 percen respecively ound heir civics and hisory work oen or always oo easy.
Many students are not engaged in rigorous learning activities.
Almos a hirdo eighh-grade sudens repor reading ewer han ve pages a day eiher in schoolor or homework. Ta’s below wha many expers recommend or sudens inmiddle school.
Eighh-grade sudens across he counry also repor ha hey rarely wrie lenghy answers o reading quesions on ess: approximaely one-hirdo sudens wrie long answers on reading ess wice per year or less.