Obama’s America: Student Reading SATs Hit Record Lows

Ben Shapiro, Breitbart, September 24, 2012


2012’s high school seniors have the worst SAT reading score since 1972; they scored 486 on reading, out of a possible 800. {snip}

The tendency from leftists is to challenge the efficacy of the SAT in measuring performance—but it’s a standardized test with great care taken for consistency. Instead, the Washington Post’s Emma Brown suggests that more and more minority students are taking the SATs. “More than 1.66 million graduating seniors last year took the test, the highest number in history. Nearly half were minorities and about a quarter reported that English was not exclusively their first language. More than a quarter of public school test-takers—27 percent—had family income low enough to qualify for a fee waiver, and more than a third—36 percent—reported that their parents had not gone to college,” she writes.

No doubt the Obama administration will combat this problem by complaining about racial discrepancies in education and suggesting pouring billions more down the rathole that is the public education system—all the while avoiding scrutiny for teachers unions. {snip}

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  • NorthernWind

    Funnily enough diversity and spending on education have hit record highs. Must be a coincidence. 

  • The__Bobster

    What a pantload! Due to recentering and dumbing down of the test, a 486 in 1972 would be at least 530 today.

  • jedsrael

    My heart sank when I saw this news.

    How much proof do we need that the dominant culture is rigging these tests just to hurt vulnerable and at risk Diversity by perpetuating structural inequity, systemic bias, institutional racism, and White privilege?

  • Puggg

    Some school districts are requiring all students to take SAT and/or ACT, whether they intend to go to college or not.

    • The__Bobster

      And some colleges are not requiring applicants to take them at all anymore. They’re afraid of what they’ll see.

      • Puggg

        Also because of affirmative action, and that students who do report their scores will report them because they’re high. Therefore, the school can be both “diverse” and have a high ACT/SAT average at the same time!

  • Does this mean  Bushs’ “No Child Left Behind” was better than Obamas’ “Race to the Top”?


    • Dan Reardon

      Kind of like a sequel to the “dumb and dumber” movie. Can you imagine what kind of shape this country would be in if we didn’t have these parasites dragging us down? The billions, if not trillions, of dollars wasted on uplift programs for a population that loathes us.

  • In LA this year a new mandate went into effect for the LAUSD (Los Angeles school district) stating that ALL high school students had to take AND pass College Prep. courses!  The best part is that since the scores were so abysmally low, a D is considered passing!   The vast majority of LAUSD is comprised of low IQ Meixcans and Mexican administrators. 

    “Students “will rise to the challenge as they always do,” he told the
    Board of Education. “Gone must be the days when some youth get orange
    juice and some get orange drink.””


  • Defiant White

    “Nearly half were minorities and about a quarter reported that English was not exclusively their first language.”

    So it’s perfectly possible that the white 50% scored an average of 686 out of 800 while the colored 50% scored an average of 286.

    Sounds about right.

    Multiculturalism: The fastest way for society to achieve the level of the Lowest Common Denominator.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    The average verbal SAT scores of high achieving white students trended ever lower during the four decades prior to 2002 — probably because of the corrupting effects of multi-culturalism and school integration on curricula and classroom environment:

    “The absolute number of students who scored above 600 declined by 56 percent and the absolute number of students who scored above 650 declined by 73 percent . . . large numbers of college-bound middle-class white students suddenly became less proficient. That is what happened.”  (E. D. Hirsch Jr., [referring to a chart showing the average Verbal SAT score falling about 40 points from 1967 – 2002], on BookTV.org in 2010):

    It would be interesting to see if the decline in top white SAT scores — and hence white verbal proficiency — is still trending downward, perhaps dropping another 10 points since 2002.  My guess is that the decline in verbal ability continues.  I wish I had the time and the proficiency in working with ETS to confirm or reject that suspicion. 

    • The teachers have to hold up the class explaining the basics to trayvon, instead of moving on to other topics

  • The article is wrong (496 not 486).  So is the article it cited and the article that article cited.

  •  I shall post a major analysis on my blog some time this week.

  • Ulick

    Countless billions will be spent trying to figure out why SAT scores are down.  I’ll save them money with the simple yet truthful answer — SAT scores are declining because the percentage of the population that is white is declining.

    • Dan Reardon

      Ever noticed how you can follow the demise of our educational system with the court ruling on segregation.

  • KenelmDigby

    The “writing on the wall” – literally.

  • bubo

    Man what a mystery.  Seriously who could possibly tell me the reason why students are getting dumber.  Does anyone have a guess?

  • jedsrael

    Did you see former PM Brown on MSNBC just now?  He was lamenting that 61 million children around the world aren’t going to school, and the problem is OUR responsibility to fix, our meaning White Humanity’s problem to fix.

    He said the reason we haven’t done anything about it is because of discrimination and prejudice.

    TRANSLATION:  Somewhere, an African kid isn’t in school, which is proof that most White people’s hearts are full of hate. We must tax White Humanity for the sake of the poor, suffering, opppressed, exploited blacks so that through the taxes, we are punished for our hatred and cured of our White privilege.

    Now Anne Romney is on Leno is saying that electing our first African American as president proves “we are leaving prejudice aside”.

    They why haven’t we gotten more for it? Shouldn’t leaving prejudice aside be the most rewarded transformation imaginable?   If you leave prejudice aside, shouldn’t Heaven break out all over?


    • Laager

      Former PM Brown seems to be missing something here.
      I presume most of the 61m children he refers to are in Africa.
      Memories seem to be short. Once upon a time Africa was administered by European nations.
      The Africans insisted that the colonialists leave bravely chanting the mantra:
      “We are quite capable of managing our own affairs”
      Well today we have the living manifestation of that belief – and whitey is expected to pick up the tab once again.

      Now the white people in South Africa have already done what Gordon Brown suggests:
      The following is an extract from Mike Smith’s Political Commentary:

      Opening Pandora’s Apartheid Box – Part 11– Bantu Education under Apartheid

      In an article called “Die Afrikaner” 11 Feb 1987, the quarterly magazine called “Vox Africana Nr 29 4/87 stated that,
      South Africa had 4,8 million whites and 18,2 million blacks in 1987. The whites paid 77% of the taxes and the blacks only 15%…despite this…56% of the government budget was spent on blacks.
      Today it is often quoted that, “Per-capita government spending on black education slipped to one-tenth of spending on whites in the 1970s”. Source
      What everyone fails to say is that…
      Since 1970 the budget for black education was raised by about 30% per year every year. More than any other government department.
      In the period 1955 -1984 the amount of black school students increased 31 times from 35,000 to 1,096 000.
      65% of black South African children were at school compared to Egypt 64%, Nigeria 57%, Ghana52%, Tanzania50% and Ethiopia 29%.
      Amongst the adults of South Africa, 71% could read and write (80% between the ages 12 and 22). Compare this to Kenya 47%, Egypt 38%, Nigeria 34% and Mozambique at 26%.
      In South Africa, the whites built 15 new classrooms for blacks every working day, every year. At 40 children per class it meant space for an additional 600 black students every day!!!
      In 1985 there were 42,000 Blacks at 5 universities in South Africa, about the same amount at the universities of the homelands.
      Another example of “Bantu Education is the unique medical university of MEDUNSA that I mentioned in Part 5 of this series. Here the whites trained black medical doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons and paramedical personnel to world class standards…at full state costs. About 200 black medical doctors were qualified here every year…thanks to the “oppressive” Bantu Education system.
      Source: (Verrat an Südafrika, 1987, Klaus Vaque).Thats right folks. The UN declared this policy “A Crime Against Humanity”

    • KenelmDigby

      He was an absolute disaster as British PM.

  • newscomments70

    Whenever I see a promo for an education program, I always see photos of groups of smilling non-white children. There are no white males. Occasionally you will see a white female, placed suspiciously close to a black male. The propaganda is so blatant: “white males need not apply”, “no whites (unless you’re a blond female who fornicates with blacks)”. Do they really think that they’re brainwashing us or changing us? They are only fueling rage. 

    On Foxnews.com front page, there is an annoying add by Chevron. The add states that “Big oil should support local schools…we agree”.  Again, they show a photo of a non-white child, completely excluding whites. They are pontificating how they are helping minority children, and ignoring whites…and somehow this will impress us.  I tried to contact Chevron and express my opinion. I also wanted to know what they are doing to help poor white school children. It is very difficult to find the contact link on their website. Like the Republican party, you can send something, but it is like emailing a waste basket.

  • Dan Reardon

    I’m certainly no fan of most union politics, which tend to be extreme left leaning, but they do have a right to organize and I agree it’s not the teachers to blame for student failure. These schools seem to be no more than a low level security facility where the students are semi supervised, fed and released in the afternoon. Many of the Black/brown students who show up at all are so disruptive that they hinder the learning of everyone around them. The average poor White or Asian kid who is thrown into the mix with these thugs comes out with a very negative outlook on education.

  • newscomments70

    In the early eighties, I was in fourth grade. I attended a quiet, suburban public school. Our reading teacher gave us the obligatory , new and “improved” textbooks of that era. If defience of the superintendent, she kept the old textbooks as well.  She disobeyed orders to throw the old books into the memory hole. She had us reading both books and often assigned reading in the older textbooks. The older textbooks were from the 1960s and quite worn, but much more intricate and complex than the new books. The task was always more complicated and time consuming when she gave us assignments the old texts. I dreaded those assignments, but I learned so much from them.  The “new” books looked like coloring books compared to the older texts. We were already being dumbed down in the early 80s. I shudder to think of what is going on now.