A Nation At Risk

The U.S. Department of Education's National Commission on Excellence in Education published the report, A Nation At Risk, in 1983. This document is often cited as the origin of current reform efforts. The report stated its conclusions in brief but dramatic terms:

"If an unfriendly 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. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We have even squandered the gains in achievement made in the wake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantled essential support systems which helped make those gains possible. We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament." (p.5)

The Commission advanced the following recommendations:

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