In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released a damning critique of the American education system, concluding, "[i]f an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." The report, titled A Nation At Risk, underscored the generally low expectation of student performance, insufficiently demanding curricula, inadequate teacher training, and poor educational conditions in our nation's schools. In so doing, it stimulated powerful nationwide demand for reform.
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