College Board: SAT Scores Going Down As GPAs Rise which is due entirely to grade inflation. The graph above shows how grade inflation is out of control. 50% of students taking the SAT are ‘white’ (European) and 10% are Asian and both groups have a GPA of A+ to A- of over 50%. There is no bell curves here! The Huffington Post has a story about the gap of ethnic SAT scores and the wonderful solution to fix this: namely, dumbing down the SAT very greatly so more people can pass!
The screen shot above is the original headline of the story. But someone changed the header of the story inside to this: 2014 SAT Scores ‘Flat And Stagnant’ Ahead Of Major Test Redesign which has no connection to the race issue even though it is obvious when reading the story:
The College Board, which this year announced plans for a major SAT redesign, points to the test scores as a sign that American education needs renewed rigor and resources. “Offering the same old test in the face of lasting problems is just not good enough,” said David Coleman, president of the College Board.
The class of 2014 included 1.67 million students who took the SAT, an increase from 1.65 million who took it the previous year. This year’s test-takers included 793,986 minorities, compared with 762,511 the previous year. Overall, 42.6 percent scored high enough to reach the College Board’s “College and Career Readiness Benchmark” — a number a College Board press release said has “been virtually unchanged over the last several years.”
What ‘problems’ are caused by the present SAT? Why, few blacks or Hispanics pass the test! The test is a way of discovering if someone is capable of handling college courses. Schools already have dealt with this ‘problem’ by teaching non-credit earning courses that are high school or junior high levels and charging students tremendous sums for this service.
Even with this going on and most students taking these remedial courses still failing college, they want to open the doors to even more students who are obviously incapable of studying higher education because they couldn’t handle much simpler, easier levels.
The Huffington Post article does mention that 85% of black students taking the SAT fail. 76% of Latinos fail, too. What is worse: 69% of black students graduate from high school and the vast majority of these successful students fail the SAT! National high school graduation rates at historic high, but disparities still exist – The Washington Post:
It is not unusual for major cities to experience a higher dropout rate and lower graduation rate than states. One study found the graduation rate for the class of 2005 in the nation’s 50 largest cities was 53 percent, compared with 71 percent in the suburbs.
Official statistics had long overstated the nation’s high school graduation rates, with the Education Department putting the average above 80 percent and some states reporting rates above 90 percent. States used dozens of different reporting methods, with some figuring into their rates those dropouts who later earned the equivalency certificate known as a General Educational Development diploma, or GED.
Many students getting the GED do this because they are incapable of sitting at lectures and doing school work. This translates, many times, into an inability to do this in college which leads to a bad outcome, that is, no degree. In addition, since more and more students are minorities and the white Europeans, due mainly to birth control and a desire to have more wealth with fewer children, the statistics showing poor SAT and graduation levels means fewer students for colleges to exploit. So, the SAT folk have been told by the colleges who are seeking more money from students via government debt, to dumb down the SAT to get more victims. So they are doing exactly that:
The new test will be shorter, the essay will be optional, vocabulary will focus more on academic words and multiple choice questions will have four possible answers, rather than five.
Why not hand out crib sheets? Or simply do away with the SAT entirely? Of course, it is a private business which makes money so that won’t happen. But the conflict between ill-prepared, poorly motivated students viewing college as party time on the taxpayer’s dime and the need for the US to keep up its empire via training workers to function properly means probable future collapse of our empire. Which should surprise no historians who have seen this over and over again.
Here is an open admission that this is all about marketing, that is, selling college to people obviously incapable of succeeding in college:
The College Board frames this three-part test process as a “Readiness and Success System.” Some experts called it well-intentioned marketing.
“They’re making a good social point and it’s too bad that it’s couched in marketing,” said Jeff Strohl, research director for Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “If they could make the same point that there’s a large number of disadvantaged youth in America who could do better with counseling and have higher degrees of academic readiness with social expenditures, that’s a really good statement to make.
Except this is all about marketing! And it is exploitation, not everyone wishing minority students well. Here is an amusing article: College costs enforce racial inequality because black students have an average debt of over $24,000. But this isn’t unusual, this is normal! What is sad here is the fact that very few blacks entering college, graduate. The level is less than 25% of all college students who are black, graduate.
Wall Street Journal in 2012: SAT Scores Fall as More Students Take Exam an earlier WSJ headline: SAT Scores Fall as Gap Widens; Asians Gain – WSJ which is why the SAT was forced by politicians and the owners of schools to lower standards tremendously. Making it ridiculously easy to pass is the goal of these vultures who want to monetize learning while producing useless degrees.
When I took the SAT back in 1967, we had no idea what it tested, very little information. Now we have Free SAT Practice Test with answers- Prepare for the SAT and SAT – Essay Prompts by the SAT people, themselves. We have prep schools for the tests, and all sorts of crutches that enables people to pass while schools make tests easier to pass, too. I remember when many fewer took the SAT because most state colleges tried to keep students OUT, not in.
And there was a high drop out rate in the first two years, mainly, freshman year as schools shed students deliberately because state students paid little to no tuition. Today, everyone is expected to pay for the schools and thus, retention is the #1 job of professors, not kicking students out of classes due to incapacity to learn or outright disruption of lectures.
Here is a video talking about all this with a bad solution: get rid of the professors and have cheap online courses instead where there is near zero interaction between students and anyone teaching them. This solution is sad. Human interactions are the most important part of learning anything. Social isolation destroys the mind, reduces the ability to communicate information over time, leading to an erosion in society and knowledge.
Here on my blog people communicate with each other and I join in the debates because we are learning about the world together and often do not agree about a host of things. I enjoy debates greatly and most sites online run content free debates due to preventing anyone from dissenting from the group think that passes for ‘debates’. Many online sites have made debates either hard to read or access or eliminate it entirely.
Censorship is common based not on ‘you are a troll’ but rather, ‘How dare anyone have a different point of view.’ Putting up information is verboten at major news sites, mentioning verboten names or topic is forbidden. Saying ‘Bilderberg’ can get one banned instantly for life from many major websites, for one glaring example.
Most people can’t handle real debates. My most amusing debate in college was this:
I was one of the few females in a philosophy class and the professor joked about how women aren’t logical and are too emotional for real debates. I raised my hand and requested we have a proper, by the rules debate about this issue. He laughed and agreed with me. I got to stand up in front of everyone and I clearly said, the issue of this debate is, ‘Who is more emotional when debating, men or women?’
I then used all my considerable verbal skills to cleverly get the professor emotionally distraught. He finally began shouting at me and waving his arms and he was so emotional he didn’t see that I was smiling bigger and bigger the angrier he became. Suddenly, I raised my arm and announce that I had won the debate. He got even angrier and said quite loudly, ‘No you did not!’
I grinned at him and he suddenly fell silent. Turned red faced and then realized, I nailed him to the floor. My eventual husband was sitting there, laughing. This is how we met. The professor kindly gave me a high grade for the course and we became friends over time and several glasses of wine. The thing is, education is all about debates, defending positions from any and all and learning to take in new experiences and have difficult times that shatter one’s view of the world, over and over again.
Can’t do this without interactions that are intense and troubling. And a weak SAT prepares no one for college, it is a cheat. Also, the biggest plus of going to college is to get to know each other, that is, networking. This is key to getting good jobs later. Just sending out letters to all and sundry is the slowest and hardest way to find jobs. And getting to know how to behave with others is key to gaining and keeping jobs, obviously.
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