High-School Students Aim Higher Without Learning More, Federal Studies Find

Two reports released by the U.S. Education Department offer a paradox: More high-school students are taking advanced classes and earning high grades, but they are not doing any better on a federal test intended to determine how much they have learned.

In fact, the performance of high-school seniors on the reading portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress declined from 1992 to 2005, even though high-school students were taking more classes in tougher subjects, and their