Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Indiana SAT Scores Fall, Big Surprise

Indiana average SAT scores fell two points last year. Ah, no big deal. We still have the largest and best high school athletic facilities in the country. Here's an example of why are students aren't learning in our public schools. "Among the actions the school plan to take is to make sure teachers are asking questions in their classes that resemble SAT questions so students are familiar with the format," writes the Star's Andy Gammill. Anyone ever seen that episode of the "Simpsons" where the school puts the students through intensive instruction on how to take their standard test? The teacher is explaining how the multiple choice answers follow certain patterns, such as "BBACDAB" and the stupid, trouble-making kids are taken for an extended field trip by the principal so the others can learn the memorization techniques?

3 comments:

Indy Student said...

I was always surprised how much my high school (and those that my friends went to) put so much of an emphasis on sports. I just figured that it was part of the high school culture.

But if it was more of an Indianapolis thing, well, to hear that wouldn't surprise me now. We shell out millions for professional sports stadiums while neglecting basic city services.

artfuggins said...

More and more of Indiana students are taking the ACT especially those interested in more prestigious schools. At the same time, students who have no intention of going to college have their fees paid to take the SAT. We shouldn't be satisfied with the results but there are always explanations.....

swan said...

I bet their IQ is dropping also. Veolia needs to stop putting chlorine in the water, and so do the water suppliers for the other counties.