Silver State Kids Rank Near Bottom
In More Accurate SAT Comparisons
by Steve Miller
|You've seen and heard the stories.|
in and year out, the Washoe County School District and
the Reno Gazette-Journal tell you that Nevada students
continue to rank about "average" or "near
the middle" when they take the College Board
Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs).
But -- in case you missed it -- educational activist Georgia Klepps at a recent WC school board meeting pointed out with a penetrating clarity something that Nevada's imperial education establishment has been very eager to cover up.
That reality is that the standings reported for Nevada in the press accounts are highly and misleadingly skewed in a positive direction. Why? Because only a relatively low proportion of students in this state -- 30 per cent -- take the SATs. And when that skewing is removed, Nevada ranks near the bottom: 43rd out of all the 50 states!
Georgia shared with us the original analysis that led her to this understanding. It was an examination printed last year in the monthly publication of the Hudson Institute's Educational Excellence Network, Network News & Views, and prepared by Michael A. Smith,
president of Aluminum
Conversion, Inc., a Cromwell, Indiana firm.
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