Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rising Grades, Falling Test Scores for HS Seniors

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Between 1998 and 2008, the percentage of college-bound high school seniors with a GPA equal to letter grades of A+, A or A- increased from 38% to 42%, while the average SAT scores for that group decreased by 15 points from 565 to 550 for the Reading section, and by 19 points from 578 to 569 for the Math section (data here from The College Board, Table 17).


At 6/23/2009 7:56 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

Is it reasonable to ask that maybe grades are inflated at high schools so that federal funding is insured -- everybody's grades go up so that fewer students fail? Maybe when tests are given that are standardized then the true level of learning is shown. Why do we even have a Department of Education at the federal level?

At 6/23/2009 8:41 PM, Blogger mongander said...

That's worse than inflation. That's educational stagflation.

At 6/23/2009 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to see grade distributions from Prof. Perry's classes.

At 6/23/2009 11:04 PM, Anonymous Tom Herme said...

Do you have the corresponding information for the ACT, which is the test taken much more often here in Minnesota?

At 6/24/2009 12:39 PM, Blogger Sotosoroto said...

As I told my teenager, the teachers are handing out A's like sugar-free candy!

If she ever gets a B, it's akin to failure.

At 6/24/2009 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't the SATs change between 1998 and 2008? and so wouldn't this be the oranges to apples problem?


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