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More College Testing B.S. [Aug. 30th, 2006|09:13 pm]
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According to the SAT and the New York Times, "The average score on the reading and math portions of the newly expanded SAT showed the largest decline in 31 years."

That must mean our education system sucks, right?

Wrong. These new statistics are laughable. In fact, according to the SAT "The 2-point drop in the average mathematics score represents approximately one-fifth of one test question on the SAT" and "the 5-point drop in the average critical reading score represents approximately one-half of one test question."

Breaking news! On average, students got about 1 more question wrong than usual on the SAT. Stop the Presses! Our education system is falling apart! Kudos to the NY Times for putting this in perspective...half way through the article after a sensational headline!

I think the bigger hidden story here is that there has been a drastic improvement in how intelligent graduating High School Seniors are today, compared with their parents 20 years ago. More teens know significantly more about math, science, and english today than their parents did 20 years ago. Wish I had some data to back this up...anyone got any?



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