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This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim
The Atlantic ^ | SEP 26 2013 | JULIA RYAN

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 year’s 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 didn’t. 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.

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION]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...

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


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We're paying a king's ransom for crap!
1 posted on 09/27/2013 2:03:35 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
That's because we aren't forking enough money over to the teachers unions.
2 posted on 09/27/2013 2:05:24 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: neverdem

If they’re not ready, don’t let them in.

What’s the problem?


3 posted on 09/27/2013 2:05:30 PM PDT by chopperman
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To: neverdem

Confirms it. The SAT is RACIST!


4 posted on 09/27/2013 2:06:04 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: neverdem

“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.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: neverdem
If 43% are “college ready” that means that 25% of the graduates are actually able to *read* their diplomas.
6 posted on 09/27/2013 2:07:03 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: neverdem

What isn’t grim?


7 posted on 09/27/2013 2:07:23 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: chopperman
If they’re not ready, don’t let them in.

LMAO that's a good one.

8 posted on 09/27/2013 2:07:40 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: neverdem

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.


9 posted on 09/27/2013 2:09:33 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: neverdem

I’d put my high school diploma up against the average BA, today. To say nothing of the 4 years of Marxist claptrap.


10 posted on 09/27/2013 2:09:46 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: neverdem
Stop focusing on scores, How is there self esteem? /s

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?

11 posted on 09/27/2013 2:10:21 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Gay State Conservative

If 43% are “college ready”...

So, what does that make my 1969 High School Diploma worth ?

Maybe the equivalent of a Masters Degree ?


12 posted on 09/27/2013 2:10:33 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: nascarnation

Remember the SOTU address where Obama took control of student loans? I cringed.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 2:11:10 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: neverdem

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.


14 posted on 09/27/2013 2:11:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: gundog
I’d put my high school diploma up against the average BA, today

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.

15 posted on 09/27/2013 2:13:56 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: All

i’m sure a dumbed down Christian citizenry is exactly how they want it.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 2:16:43 PM PDT by willywill
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To: neverdem

We have been, for decades.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 2:18:03 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory ... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BlueStateRightist
The SAT is RACIST!

Tragically, that is the narrative that will be spouted, because they've been spouting that bilge for decades, now.

18 posted on 09/27/2013 2:19:38 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: neverdem

Did you ever notice they never report the results by “public” schools, Private schools and Charter schools? I wonder why?


19 posted on 09/27/2013 2:20:46 PM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: neverdem

Two words: Teachers’ Unions.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 2:21:21 PM PDT by AdaGray (Primary Them All)
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To: neverdem

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.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 2:22:48 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: xzins

Wow, what a novel idea!
Wait —No high techy, artistic, creative, multi-media, diversity sensitive, cross cultural socially mind broadening materials?

Memorize? Really?
(/sarc -hope it wasn’t needed.)


22 posted on 09/27/2013 2:23:34 PM PDT by boxlunch (Psalm 2)
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To: neverdem
Half of the students taking the SATs shouldn't be going to college. Back in the day when the scores were higher, a lot less than half the students took them. Besides that, most students spoke English and those that didn't speak a real language mostly didn't take the test.

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

23 posted on 09/27/2013 2:24:13 PM PDT by grania
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To: neverdem

“The world needs ditch diggers, too.”


24 posted on 09/27/2013 2:25:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: chopperman
Then who will pay for the lifestyle of the tenured professors?

-PJ

25 posted on 09/27/2013 2:25:22 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: chopperman

Most people shouldn’t be going to college anyway. We need better vocational training and an apprenticeship system.


26 posted on 09/27/2013 2:25:22 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: neverdem

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.


27 posted on 09/27/2013 2:25:40 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: neverdem
They just don't have the funding to do any better. /s

It's time to rethink the whole system and replace it from the outside-in.

28 posted on 09/27/2013 2:26:06 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: NEMDF

“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.


29 posted on 09/27/2013 2:29:14 PM PDT by Glenmore
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To: neverdem

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?


30 posted on 09/27/2013 2:31:48 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: gundog

I’d put my 6th grade graduation certificate up against today’s BAs.


31 posted on 09/27/2013 2:34:24 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: neverdem

These scores must exclude Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.


32 posted on 09/27/2013 2:40:16 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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To: Dallas59

“Kids need to learn about RAP music, how to kill rich people, ————————

And dribble and pass.

.


33 posted on 09/27/2013 2:40:36 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: dfwgator
“The world needs ditch diggers, too.”

One of the few jobs where you can start at the top.

34 posted on 09/27/2013 2:42:56 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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To: neverdem
SAT Average Scores

Year Critical Reading Mathematics Writing
2006..........503.....518.........497
2007..........501.....514.........493
2008..........500.....514.........493
2009..........499.....514.........492
2010..........500.....515.........491
2011..........497.....514.........489
2012..........496.....514.........488
2013..........496.....514.........488

SAT Averages by Race and Ethnicity, 2013
Group........Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Total
American Indian....480.....486.........461.....1,427
Asian....................521.....597.........527.....1,645
Black....................431.....429.........418.....1,278
Mexican-Amer.....449.....464.........442.....1,355
Puerto Rican.........456.....453.........445.....1,354
Other Latino........450.....461.........443.....1,354
White ..................527.....534.........515.....1,576

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/09/26/sat-scores-are-flat

35 posted on 09/27/2013 2:55:57 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: neverdem
Obviously, we need the government to do more to improve public education.

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 nation’s public school system by establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.

36 posted on 09/27/2013 2:59:12 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: neverdem

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.


37 posted on 09/27/2013 2:59:14 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: HangnJudge

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.


38 posted on 09/27/2013 3:00:01 PM PDT by magellan
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To: xzins

Just go to your local home-schooling convention and buy textbooks there.


39 posted on 09/27/2013 3:04:57 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: xzins

Voucherize, tax-creditize the public schools.

Do anything to create a consumer driven product.

Kill the unions.

Grades will go way up.


40 posted on 09/27/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: neverdem
I believe SAT scores peaked in 1963.
Looks like it's time once again to artificial raise SAT scores across the board to hide the FACT that the quality of US education is in freefall.
Yet the cost of education necessarily skyrockets.
Notice how EVERYTHING the left gets its tentacles into gets destroyed, but costs so much more.
God Save the Republic.
41 posted on 09/27/2013 3:20:56 PM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: neverdem
Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got "college-ready" scores.

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.

42 posted on 09/27/2013 3:21:09 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: neverdem

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.


43 posted on 09/27/2013 3:21:48 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: neverdem
but i bet the little darlings all score 2400 in self esteem...
44 posted on 09/27/2013 3:22:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: neverdem

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.


45 posted on 09/27/2013 3:23:13 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Glenmore

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. :)


46 posted on 09/27/2013 3:24:38 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: All

Know what’s really scary? This is where we get our military recruits.


47 posted on 09/27/2013 3:25:04 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Fast Moving Angel

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.


48 posted on 09/27/2013 3:34:04 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Amagi; VerySadAmerican
I remember a book on culture and society from the 1980s entitled "Class".

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.

49 posted on 09/27/2013 3:35:07 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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


50 posted on 09/27/2013 3:36:06 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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