Skip to comments.This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim
Posted on 09/27/2013 2:03:35 PM PDT by neverdem
Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got "college-ready" scores.
Of the 1.66 million high school students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT, only 43 percent were academically prepared for college-level work, according to this years SAT Report on College & Career Readiness. For the fifth year in a row, fewer than half of SAT-takers received scores that qualified them as college-ready.
The College Board considers a score of 1550 to be the College and Career Readiness Benchmark. Students who meet the benchmark(PDF) are more likely to enroll in a four-year college, more likely to earn a GPA of a B- or higher their freshman year, and more likely to complete their degree.
While some might see stagnant scores as no news, the College Board considers them a call to action. These scores can and must change and the College Board feels a sense of responsibility to help make that happen, the report said.
The report also offered insights into why some students graduated high school prepared for college and others didnt. Students in the class of 2013 who met or exceeded the benchmark were more likely to have completed a core curriculum, to have taken honors or AP courses, and to have taken higher-level mathematics courses, like precalculus, calculus, and trigonometry.
Although the SAT takers in the class of 2013 were the most diverse group of test takers ever, the report showed that minority students scores have only slightly improved in the past year.
The College Board
While 14.8 percent of African-American SAT takers met or exceeded the SAT benchmark in 2012, 15.6 percent met or exceeded the mark in 2013...
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If they’re not ready, don’t let them in.
What’s the problem?
Confirms it. The SAT is RACIST!
“The scores can and must change.”
Sounds like a plan is in the works to try to get some easier questions on the test so the scores improve.
What isn’t grim?
LMAO that's a good one.
Here’s a quick lesson in how to raise scores.
Throw out all fancy-dancy, education school ideas on education.
Find 1950’s textbooks on math, English, history, and government.
Use those and require memory work, home work, and tracking.
Your scores will sky rocket.
I’d put my high school diploma up against the average BA, today. To say nothing of the 4 years of Marxist claptrap.
That is one of the things that bothers me about all the self esteem garbage. If you can't functionally read, write, and compute mathematical problems, you know it. What does that do for your self esteem?
If 43% are college ready...
So, what does that make my 1969 High School Diploma worth ?
Maybe the equivalent of a Masters Degree ?
Remember the SOTU address where Obama took control of student loans? I cringed.
My daughter is a freshman in High School and I want to get her into an SAT prep course this summer, it’s never too early.
Agreed. I got in a debate with a "college student" the other day on Facebook ... she could barely string three words together and had several typos in every sentence.
i’m sure a dumbed down Christian citizenry is exactly how they want it.
We have been, for decades.
Tragically, that is the narrative that will be spouted, because they've been spouting that bilge for decades, now.
Did you ever notice they never report the results by “public” schools, Private schools and Charter schools? I wonder why?
Two words: Teachers’ Unions.
Minority participation rates for taking the SAT meet or exceed their numbers in the general population.
The second graph is more telling and closely follows the stats in the “Bell Curve” IQ testing book by Charles Murray.
I did find it interesting that asians have slightly better academic achievement even though more whites have completed the so-called “Core Curriculum”.
Even with a dumbed-down SAT (the test has changed a lot in the last 10 years), expect to see little improvement in SAT scores unless we get a huge increase in Asian students. You could attribute results to work ethic and the relative level of cultural reinforcement or you can ascribe to immutable innate traits. The numbers don’t lie.
Wow, what a novel idea!
Wait —No high techy, artistic, creative, multi-media, diversity sensitive, cross cultural socially mind broadening materials?
(/sarc -hope it wasn’t needed.)
Thus the percentiles don't mean much. It's totally possible that just as many qualified students who are motivated to go to college are doing well. My SAT prepping experinece (I did that until 2004) was that the top students were doing even better than they used to. They have to because they're competing with unqualified minorities for those admissions.
I suspect that the social engineers would like to get rid of the SATs and ACTs, just as they did IQ tests. The statistics point out too many inconvenient truths. JMHO
“The world needs ditch diggers, too.”
Most people shouldn’t be going to college anyway. We need better vocational training and an apprenticeship system.
Kids need to learn about RAP music, how to kill rich people, how evil white nazi hispanic white tea party monsters kill and eat minority babies and how Obammy saved everyone from the BushChenyHaliburtonIraq War.
“College Board considers a score of 1550 to be the College and Career Readiness Benchmark”
Had ~1450 back when, Merit Scholar, Salutatorian, a semester of AP credit. Have to read deeper to see they’ve added 800 points to the test to make sense of it.
Still, 1550 would be like 1030 back when, which was a respectable score for a college ready student - they must have dumbed the test down as well as adding a section.
This article mentions that 15.6% of African-Americans met the standard, but it doesn’t seem to mention anything about what percentage of white people met the standard. Why is that? What about Asians? Is there some reason they’re not telling us everything?
I’d put my 6th grade graduation certificate up against today’s BAs.
These scores must exclude Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.
“Kids need to learn about RAP music, how to kill rich people, ————————
And dribble and pass.
One of the few jobs where you can start at the top.
Year Critical Reading Mathematics Writing
SAT Averages by Race and Ethnicity, 2013
Group........Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Total
In 2010, Barack Obama called for fixing the public education system by giving us the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Race to the Top,
which he said would fix the education system already fixed by the 2001 GW Bush and Ted Kennedy legislation called No Child Left Behind,
which was supposed to fix a system supposedly already fixed by a 1994 piece of federal legislation called Goals 2000,
which was supposed to fix a system already fixed by America 2000,
which was a 1991 response during the Bush administration to a 1983 federal report on education called A Nation at Risk,
which was published a full four years after Jimmy Carter first fixed the nations public school system by establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.
The actual number of HS seniors who are capable of real college work is probably around 10%.
It could be less, it’s certainly not more.
All the rest is lies.
Just as I thought. The addition of the SAT written seemed like a great idea at the time. But within a couple of years, the decline of the written word due to texting and twittering has had its impact. It has caused some reduction in reading as well. However, math has held up okay.
If they had kept the SAT at 1600 points, and made the reading and written portions a total of 800 (keeping the math at 800 points), the decline would be less noticeable.
I expect the SAT written portion is going to be eliminated or dramatically changed within three years.
Just go to your local home-schooling convention and buy textbooks there.
Voucherize, tax-creditize the public schools.
Do anything to create a consumer driven product.
Kill the unions.
Grades will go way up.
OK. Then they're not ready. The statistic by itself is meaningless.
Now, I'm first in line when it comes to criticizing American public education, but there is no reason to think that everyone can or should be college material. Perhaps, this is a question of too many taking the test.
There is no changing this. It’s going to get much worse with the population coming up. They will never be able to replace nor maintain the economy and lifestyle of the Boomers. Liberals wanted a non-western third world peasant population begging for a bowl of cereal and they are going to have one.
The quality of education has been going down, for all races, ever since the schools were integrated. A great big pink elephant is in every classroom but no one will admit they can see it.
I scored 1340 when I took it right before my senior year (1985). That put me in the 95th percentile nationwide, and I think I had the highest SAT score in my graduating class.
Today, that and $2 will get me a cup of coffee. :)
Know what’s really scary? This is where we get our military recruits.
had my girls start taking the ACT in 6th grade through NUMATS. No the scores weren’t great, but it got them oriented toward what it takes to just do the exam. Both scored 18 the first go round. Last year my oldest as a sophmore scored 26. Which is considered above college ready.
The author, a British Lit prof at Rutgers, iirc, wrote that the decline of literacy started when "IN" disappeared from "INFLAMMABLE" on gasoline tankers.
That must have been in the mid-1960s.
I did similar back then, but they’ve modified the test instead of 2 800 pt sections Math and English there are now 3 sections for a higher total. So the equivalent score of 1000 then is now equivalent to around 1500