Wednesday, August 26, 2009

N.Y. Leads US In Number Taking SATs

NY had largest, most diverse student group to take SATs & AP exams

85% of NY HS seniors took the SAT in the 2008-09 school year

NY math scores fell 2% to a mean score of 502;
Reading scores down 3% to a mean score of 485


SCATS ~~ The masses are taking the SAT exam, and the scores continue to fall. NOT ALL STUDENTS should be heading to college. With college costs rising faster than inflation rates, schools and parents need to rethink the direction many students are taking.


Anonymous said...

13th Grade is oh so popular these days.

SCATS said...

To 7:20AM ~~ Maybe that's because so many districts like Greece started to put out the message that it was OK to take longer to graduate. Of course this is very costly to taxpayers who find themselves supporting HS students up to age 21!

Anonymous said...

With mean reading scores falling so far below 500, it won't be long before the College Board decides to "recenter" (that means "dumb down") the SATs again!

Anonymous said...

It becomes even more costly when those children from families collecting benefits from Dept. Soc. Svcs. still receive cash benefits as long as the children remain in school (food stamps, medical would go by number in household, of course so that remains the same even if child graduates). Only change is that the benefit is put into the child's name after age 18 I believe.

I would hope that those kids are encouraged to achieve their goals and not remain disadvantaged and fall behind in school.

SCATS said...

To 3:35PM ~~ Yes, at age 18, the benefit check is issued to the "child's" name. You make an excellent point!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that ;)

I fear for some of those kids it sets them up with becoming comfortable for remaining "in the system"...but yet there are others with loftier goals who truly do strive to go on to college...and they actually have the advantage of receiving grants and PAL, etc.

I hope there are those who still receive scholarships for their academic achievements.

SCATS said...

To 12:42PM ~~ Sadly, the number of scholarships available based SOLELY upon academic requirements keeps dwindling. Even sadder is that some colleges offered full tuition scholarships to anyone who became their HS's valedictorian. Now that districts are turning to groups of students to recognize for that "achievement" I suspect those scholarships are disappearing along with the traditional honor. For some reason, public school's more highly value students who can smack a ball with their hand, foot or club than they value a student who may someday become a Nobel Laureate.

Anonymous said...

That's sad to hear. I know my own son received a Regents Scholarship from Athena when he graduated years ago..and was very proud of it. He set the example for siblings to follow suit to get a college education.

But you're right about too much emphasis placed on sports. This world could use more 'Brainpower".

SCATS said...

To 9:07PM ~~ It's not just sports, but of course that represents a large interest area for scholarship funding. I forget the name of the website now (fastweb maybe?) but a search through their scholarship database awhile back and the required criteria for applying and winning showed it was actually more likely that a student could get a scholarship for being of some little known ethnic heritage than for accomplishment of almost any purely academic achievements. It's just another indicator to me that our focus is on the WRONG things.

Did you say you were Jamaican/Taiwanese? :D