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National panel urges streamlined courses, textbooks
by Greg Toppo
USA Today

Washington - Wondering why your child isn't learning enough math in school? Her textbook may be too thick.

In an unprecedented effort, a blueribbon panel commissioned by President Bush has been working since 2006 to find out why the math skills of U.S. students pale next to those in so many other industrialized nations. The 20 respected scholars scoured more that 16,000 research studies, heard testimony in eight cities and argued among themselves - sometimes heatedly - for nearly two years.

In the end, they found a math instruction system that's "broken and must be fixed" if the USA is to compete with established economic powers or emerging ones such as China.

In its long-awaited report, out today, the National Math Panel zeroes in on several factors: