"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Tennessee SAT Scores Remain Flat with AP Test Gap Widening

Tennessee has been at the VAM scam since 1992, when the savvy tobacco-chewing adjunct professor, Bill Sanders, managed to sell his statistical algorithm to Tennessee legislators looking for a cheap miracle.  After two+ decades, we can check the "cheap" column, but not the "miracle" one.  The percentage of the state budget that schools receive has been cut my more than half over the past 20+ years, while Tennessee's education rankings remain closer the bottom than the top of the nation.

The latest indicator is from the College Board, which has this chart in the TN SAT results for 2014.  SAT scores are as flat today as they were 10 years ago, and the small gains on the number of kids taking AP tests (see below) cannot keep up the rest of the nation.  The AP gap was 5 points in 2004 and almost 10 points today.

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