For the first time since 1990, U.S. fourth-graders have not posted an increase in mathematics performance, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores. Although eighth-graders showed a slight increase in performance over 2007, these latest results show that fewer than 40% of the 330,000 fourth- and eighth-graders tested are proficient in math. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the disappointing scores "are a call to action to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics and other related subjects in order to prepare our students to compete in the global economy."

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