Average scores for the class of 2009 in critical reading dropped to 501 from 502, in writing to 493 from 494 and held steady in math, at 515. The combined scores are the lowest this decade and reflect stalled performance over the past three years. The reading scores are the worst since 1994.
Many observers Tuesday viewed the flat results of recent years as discouraging in light of a more than 25-year effort to improve U.S. education. “This is a nearly unrelenting tale of woe and disappointment,” said Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “If there’s any good news here, I can’t find it.”
au contraire mr. finn, but there is good news…
Asian-American students showed the most dramatic gains. In math they scored an average of 587 — 72 points better than the general population. Since 2008, their average math score has climbed six points.
impressively, asians even outscored whites on the writing section.
the data also broke out scores by other curricula of study and SAT sub-tests taken.
studiers of hebrew avg’d the highest critical reading and writing scores. studiers of chinese had the highest math scores with koreans not far behind. studiers of japanese and latin (huh?) tied for 3rd. this certainly does nothing to dispel stereotypes of jews having high verbal iq and asians having high spacial (math) iq.
here’s what the nytimes had to say on how the scores correlated w/ income and parental education:
The average scores for all three sections of the test directly reflected students’ family wealth. Students from families with an annual income above $200,000 scored, on average, 68 points higher in critical reading than students from families earning less than $20,000 per year, with similar disparities for math and writing.
An even sharper correlation showed up between students’ average scores and the highest educational attainment of their parents. Students whose parents did not graduate from high school averaged 420 in critical reading, 139 points lower than students whose parents had a graduate degree, who averaged 559.
not much help for the environmentalists in the environment vs genes debate.
i also took a quick look at the 2009 ACT data and there asians outperform every major group on every subsection. that means asians scored better than whites on reading, writing and english. i’m kinda surprised by this. it could indicate that the gap between asians and whites on international verbal iq tests is a test flaw rather than a true indication of verbal ability.