Saturday, September 5, 2015

Plunging SATs Shows Failure Of Government Control

By Investors, Sep 01, 2015 

Education: The College Board has reported SAT results for the class of 2015, and they should be a wake-up call. Despite a decade of record spending and school "reform," test scores fell to their lowest since 2005.

The average combined score on the SAT in 2015 for 1.7 million kids who took the test was 1490. That's down from an average of 1514 in 2006 — a near 5% decline in math, critical reading and writing ability. That's a huge shift, suggesting something profoundly wrong with our nation's schools.

But what? It sure isn't lack of money. Spending on education has soared in recent decades, the result of a misguided progressive notion that more spending on education equals success. Clearly, that's not the case.

In fact, declining SAT results are just another damning indictment of the entire K-12 educational system, which has been subject to a creeping takeover by the federal government for nearly 50 years, starting with Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs in the 1960s.

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