SAT scores were stagnant for the third straight year, though African-American scores were up slightly. (If it has been awhile since you took the SATs, remember that a perfect score, the old 1600, is now 2400 with 800 points possible on each of the three sections -- reading, math and writing). Native Americans' scores decreased since 2011.
There are, to be sure, some major urban school districts that are outperforming the rest, with Houston topping that list, according to one measure, for the past two years in a row. Also, more minorities than ever took college-entrance exam.
Of the 1.66 million high school students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT, only 43 percent were academically prepared for college-level work, according to this year's SAT Report on College & Career Readiness. For the fifth year in a row, fewer than half of SAT-takers received scores that qualified them as "college-ready."
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Translation, if you don't meet the College and Career Readiness benchmark you are: (1) less likely to enroll in college; (2) more likely to have sub-2.67 freshman GPA; and (3) less likely to complete your degree.
More disheartening news: statewide, Texas high school students scored lower than the national average on the math and reading portions of the test.
If you were wondering, the average SAT score is 1498 and males do better on the math and reading sections, while women write better.
Overall, though, this is not good news. With all the attention education reform has received, for what seems like forever (when was the last time you watched a State of the Union speech and "education" didn't get an applause), our nations' schools seem running in place. Education reform is a wildly complex area, and, everyone seems to have their pet projects. (We know No Child Left Behind and privatization don't work). Maybe Houston has it figured out.