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J.C. Scott: SAT reading scores lowest in 40 years

The President of the Pima County Retirees Association, Mike Humphrey, an reitree Linda Trozzi talked to John about Pima County's 2010 move to rescind affordable healthcare coverage for 700 families of pre-Medicare retirees. They have banded together to attempt to restore the coverage.

Financial advisor Shelly Fishman talked about financial unrest in Europe and the possible economic problems that may be coming to Japan. He also talked about the Federal Reserve's continuing quantitative easing.

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker talked about declining SAT reading scores, and the reasons Vail is the top performing multi-school district in Arizona for the second year in a row. Baker said the SAT is not necessarily the best gauge of performance. He also talked about the "Beyond Textbooks" program that is now the playbook for 67 school districts around the state.

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Sep 27, 2012, 10:55 pm
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When I was in school a couple of decades ago, the motto seemed to be “if at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards”. As an adult, I now see that what I witnessed to put that thought into my head was school administrators doing what they could to manipulate the school’s collective test scores.

But, I guess you can only go to that particular figurative well so many times before it runs dry.

Sep 27, 2012, 2:31 pm
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SAT scores keep falling, despite the College Board’s changes to both scoring and the tests themselves - notably the 1995 re-centering that raised the median score.

Much of the average scoring fall-off is due to more students taking the test than decades ago. However, many fewer students are scoring at high levels despite the increase in the number of test-takers.

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