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Math grades improving for U.S. pupils, report finds

WASHINGTON — US youngsters are scoring better in mathematics, but progress in reading skills is mixed, a national yardstick of student achievement released Tuesday showed. In the fourth and eighth grades, the average math score in 2010 was one point higher than in the previous year, said the National Assessment…

Obama touts education as path to win global competition

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama highlighted Saturday the importance of improving the US education system as a means of maintaining America’s competitive edge in the modern world. “Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school, many requiring proficiency in…