Schools could improve students' sluggish math scores by hammering home the basics, such as addition and multiplication, and then increasing the focus on fractions and geometry, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel recommended on March 13.

The panel's highly anticipated report also said that math curricula should be streamlined and that teachers need better preparation--but it steered clear of more controversial topics such as whether the United States should adopt a national math curriculum or the best ways of teaching math.

"Difficulty with fractions (including decimals and percents) is pervasive and is a major obstacle to further progress in mathematics, including...

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