SAT scores dip, gaps widen

As more students take the SAT, scores dipped for the class of ’09, reports College Board.  Gender, race and income gaps widened. AP reports:

The average SAT score dipped from 502 last year to 501 on the critical reading section of the test. Math scores held steady at 515, and writing fell from 494 to 493.

. . . Forty percent of students in this year’s pool were minorities and more than one-third reported their parents had never attended college. More than a quarter reported English was not their first language at home.

Female students are more likely to take the SAT; males earn slightly higher scores in reading, lower scores in writing and much higher scores in math.

Asian-Americans, the highest scoring group, made significant gains, while whites, blacks and Hispanics declined. The rich got richer:

. . . scores by students reporting their families earned over $200,000 surged 26 points to 1702, an increase that could fuel further criticism the test is too coachable and favors students who can afford expensive test-prep tutoring.

Of course, affluent students might have better teaching and learning opportunities all the way through school. Their parents certainly try hard enough to provide that.

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  1. They don’t necessarily know that it was the most diverse group. It could just be that more and more white students are “declining to state”.

    Plus, unless I’m missing something, the total minorities adds up to 36%, not 40%.

  2. the obvious says:

    Or smart rich people tend to have naturally smart kids.

  3. . . . scores by students reporting their families earned over $200,000 surged 26 points to 1702, an increase that could fuel further criticism the test is too coachable and favors students who can afford expensive test-prep tutoring

    Are you kidding me??? Parents who earn $200,000 a year are SMARTER and can teach their kids at home, so their kids are SMARTER when they take the test…The reason it surged this year is because those who STAYED rich during the recession were really smart. People are so jealous…the rich are evil people, not smart. Riiiiiiight…*most* rich people are rich because they make sound financial decisions. They don’t buy plasma TVs on 27% interest rate credit cards, rob liquor stores for drug money, or send 1/2 their paycheck to their televangelist…

    So go ahead Obama, give the poor all the money, just don’t be surprised when they give it right back. Yes, I just turned this post into a knock on Obama…

  4. Miller Smith says:

    The test is highly “g” loaded and half of all children are below average in that measure. High “g” people tend to have high “g” children due to the heritability of “g” being around 50% (on the low side as some studies show it as high as 70%) and increasing the numbe os students taking the test naturally has to draw the new test takers from the lower quartiles.

    This should not be surprizing.

  5. The last three posts also fit very well with recent research into differences in the vocabulary among preschoolers, according to the educational level of their mothers. Kids at the top start out ahead and learn more and faster. They also tend to be socialized into the behaviors and values that contribute heavily to educational and professional achievement. It’s only to be expected.