Delaware’s SAT scores decreased! More signs Race to The Top is failing

Participation up, scores down; All Del. public school students taking college-admission exam Written byNichole DoboThe News Journal

The number of Delaware graduating seniors taking college admissions tests has increased dramatically, but the average score has gone down.

The statewide average score for the class of 2012 was 456 in reading, 462 in math and 444 in writing. The national average was 496 in reading, 514 in math and 488 in writing.

“Thanks to the state’s Universal SAT program, thousands of additional Delaware students are taking the SAT. These are students who may not have had the means or opportunity in the past or they may not have considered college as an option for themselves,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said in a statement.

So is Delaware’s Secretary of Education suggesting high poverty students are causing a drag on Delaware’s SAT scores?

About 8,000 public school students in Delaware’s class of 2012 took the SAT, according to the College Board. A year prior, about 5,500 public school students in the class of 2011 took the exam. The number of private school students taking the test has remained virtually the same during that time.

The universal administration of the test, which began in April 2011, is being paid for with part of the state’s $119 million federal Race to the Top grant. About $1.8 million of that grant goes to giving the SAT to all 11th-graders each year. Teachers are then able to use specific data from the exam to help inform them of a student’s academic deficiencies.

Teachers already know student’s academic deficiencies long before Race to The Top. Instead of more teachers and reduction in class sizes, Markell and the business community hatched a plan to join the Wall Street ponzi scheme. The $1.8 million shouldn’t of went to all students but rather students identified by this world class data showing the greatest need and paying for their SAT fees. That’s on top of the $8.2 million dollars for Wall Street data coaches. 

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5 Responses

  1. Race to the top? More like jog to the center.
    Teachers are completely over burdened with the added paperwork, days lost testing, freaking PLC’s! meanwhile the principals are tripping over themselves with their added burdens. Supers and school boards are just hiring more and more beauracrats to keep dumping more work.
    and the beat goes on!

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  2. Some trivia, although I should be working. SAT is modeled after an exam originally given to US Army recruits.
    (disclosure: I just saw that question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire) :)

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  3. I don’t have a huge problem with this. Like it or not, the SAT is what colleges base admissions on. Your SAT scores will determine, not only admittance, but academic scholarships. SAT scores, IB, and AP classes/test scores are the Holy Grail in the college admissions process. (personally, I disagree with the emphasis on SAT scores, but until someone listens to me that’s the way it is.)

    Offering the SAT to everyone during the school day makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to take the test everyone needs to get into college. Keep in mind that if this wasn’t offered for free at the school a child attends then taking the SAT costs money (50.00 – there is a waiver) plus a student would have to have transportation to and from the hosting school. This program makes sure every student gets a chance.

    And, I’m sorry, but I’m not comfortable in letting teachers pick who gets to take the test and who sits it out.

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  4. “So is Delaware’s Secretary of Education suggesting high poverty students are causing a drag on Delaware’s SAT scores?”

    Something like that. We don’t know for sure they are high poverty, but they are definitely around 2500 kids who wouldn’t otherwise have taken the test.

    “About 8,000 public school students in Delaware’s class of 2012 took the SAT, according to the College Board. A year prior, about 5,500 public school students in the class of 2011 took the exam”

    Somebody just needs to normalize the results for the new participants. I bet it comes out the same as last year, just like it does for the private schools.

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  5. Pandora the first part of your comment is dead on the sat should be the most important test for the reasons you state but supers are after commendable (is it still called that?) ratings and to stay away from PZ.
    As for all kids taking it… It is counterintuitive to your first point it is not for everyone and has lost some of its kick because of this and you have obviously never proctored it with a class full of special needs kids who struggle and feel inadequate , actually it’s not just kids with an IEP. Lots of kids finish this and the DCAS and say ‘damn I’m dumb’.”it is the innocent victims of this testing environment. Kids stressed out over tests that are meaningless in their lives.
    This is as Kilroy class it… A money grab

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