Fewer students in the high school class of 2013 took the SAT college admissions exam compared to previous years, and test scores remained largely unchanged, according to a report released by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.
SAT average scores have dropped by 20 points since 2006, when the test was revised to include a writing section, the group’s press release noted. Gaps between racial groups increased, often significantly, over that period.
Bob Schaeffer, education director, had some pretty tough words for today’s reforms: “Proponents of ‘No Child Left Behind,’ ‘Race to the Top,’ and similar state-level programs promised the testing focus would boost college readiness while narrowing score gaps between groups. The data show a total failure according to their own measures. Doubling down on unsuccessful policies with more high-stakes K-12 testing, as Common Core exam proponents propose, is an exercise in futility, not meaningful school improvement.”