More Shocking News!!!! More Spending And A Lack Of Enforcing Standards Doesn’t Equal A Better Education! SAT Scores At 40 Year Low!!!!


Well, I’m in a hurry because I’ve a fantasy football draft to attend to, but, then, I don’t really need to elucidate much on this.  It tells us what we all already knew.


Graduating high school students’ SAT college admission scores fell again this year–to the lowest level in four decades. Rapidly growing expenditure on education seems to be producing poor test results.

A record 1.7 million graduating seniors took the SAT test last year. With a highest possible score this year of 800 on each SAT section, according to the College Board, students scored a worst since 1999 math score of 511, worst since 1972 reading score of 495, and worst writing score since the section was added in 2005.

Government education spending as a percent of national gross domestic product on kindergarten through 12th grade jumped from about 2 percent in the 1950s to 3.9 percent in the 1970s. Spending hit 4 percent in the 2000s and popped up to 4.4 percent of GDP early in President Obama’s administration.

The most recent Census Bureau data reveals that of the $3.2 trillion in total expenditures by state and local governments in 2012, public education accounted for the highest percent at nearly 28 percent, or $869.2 billion.

California is home to what appears to be the most wasteful K-12 spenders. According to a WalletHub study of America’s 90 largest cities, 11 of California’s 16 most-populated cities score in the bottom 25 of U.S. cities on standard tests.

The worst performing cities have in common the very high percentages of households where English is not spoken as a first language. Research shows that the language barrier can have a disastrous effect on learning outcomes.

California, with the largest number of students, tops the English Learners category at 1,413,549. This constitutes about 22.7 percent of the total enrollment in state public schools. A total of 2,685,793 students speak a language other than English in their homes, a number that represents about 43.1 percent of the state’s public school enrollment, with 87 percent Spanish speakers.

The 73 percent majority of English learners are enrolled in the elementary kindergarten through grade six. About 27 percent are enrolled in the secondary grades, seven through twelve.

This seems to indicate that SAT scores will continue to decline as more students who do not speak English in the home pass through high school.

Former President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in the 2000s amounted to an attempt to put a stop to unproductive spending by failing school districts. The measure required schools to meet certain performance criteria or risk being taken over or shut down, among other sanctions. The idea was that further accountability would lead to higher achievement.

Although the rapid descent of SAT scores slowed during the Bush years, the Obama administration issued waivers and refused to enforce the No Child penalties. Since his inauguration, SAT scores have plummeted.

We’re spending $billions to make ensure the next generation is stupid.

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24 Responses to More Shocking News!!!! More Spending And A Lack Of Enforcing Standards Doesn’t Equal A Better Education! SAT Scores At 40 Year Low!!!!

  1. DirkH says:

    Well the same sort of news happens in Germany.
    I would remind the reader of the forced multiculturalization of the remaining white nations and the difference in IQ between races, whether genetically or culturally based, doesn’t matter.
    Ignoring the racial composition amounts to Omitted Variable Fraud. The media commit this fraud as a matter of principle.

    It would be like starting a research project trying to find out why Jamaicans are good sprinters, while prohibiting the scientists from considering differences in leg size.

  2. Lars P. says:

    Oh, this can be easily corrected, one just needs to change the way how SAT scores are measured.
    And by the way isn’t the ACT looking better?

  3. I had the good fortune to start my schooling in a two room school house.
    Grades 1-2-3-4-5. Grades 1 and 2 in the same room. Before my first year was over
    I could multiply from 1X1 to 12X12. The reason was ,when the teacher was
    teaching that to the second graders I was still in the room.
    It did have some draw backs, when I was in third grade the teacher asked
    who can spell laugh? I shot up my hand, she OK spell laugh, I said ‘laff’
    the 4th and 5th graders laffed and laffed. I larnt my lesson. To this day
    I can’t spell. True story.

  4. DirkH says:

    Go long Tungsten.
    Tianjin attack on Chinese supercomputers might have been a Rod From God i.e. a 20 foot long, 1 foot diameter Tungsten stick (specific weight of Gold) fired from a US satellite.

    Makes me wonder whether there really WAS a supercomputer in that building that the Chinese called their National Supercomputer Centre. Would be kinda stupid, no?

  5. Richard says:

    My local high school asked the town council for more money so that they could start a “coffee shop” for the students to run so they could learn about business (my reply was “tell them to get jobs if they want to see how business runs”). They have 5 football coaches. The assistant principle tried to keep my son from algebra 2 course because he had struggled in geometry (he passed with B average). Locally this is considered a ” good school “. When we were signing up for classes in his 8th grade a ” counselor ” laughed when I looked at him funny. He had stated that typing class was now considered a science course because ” ha ha data entry “.
    I could write for hours on my frustrations with public schools and their sneering contempt for parents and students.
    Education used to be about actually teaching and challenging kids. Now its all about image and meeting state/fed guidelines to get more money.
    Is it any wonder that real standards are showing how badly our kids are being served by their teachers.

    • suyts says:

      That’s funny, (not in a “haha” manner). I excelled at algebra 2 in HS. And, got a B in geometry the year before. Ended up getting an A in Trig in college. 25 years later, I aced another advanced mathematics course in college.

      Geometry is necessary for advanced math, but, it’s boring as hell when you first learn it.

  6. Jason Calley says:

    “We’re spending $billions to make ensure the next generation is stupid. ”

    That is exactly the purpose. Stupid people are more easily domesticated and slaughtered.

    I remember when there were no Federal education standards. Why not? Simply because the Federal government is nowhere authorized in the Constitution to act in regards to public education. It is strictly a state and local function.

    I remember how for a couple decades every Republican Presidential candidate had as a running plank the promise to dissolve the Federal Department of Education because it was not Constitutional. Of course even when elected (for example Reagan) that was never done.

    Everyone knows that actions have consequences; apparently inactions have consequences as well.

    • suyts says:

      100% agree. It is the purpose. It serves a dual purpose. As we impoverish the people, we make them stupid. They’re very pliable, in such a state.

  7. Lars P. says:

    I always wondered why the stupid idea of using voting machines was used:

  8. DirkH says:

    As I mentioned a few days ago – source was a German investigative journalist – Erdogan’s ground offensive against Kurds has now begun. Erdogan tanks have entered Iraq.
    So that journo seems to be honest. I had doubts because he was reprinted in one of the system media.

  9. DirkH says:

    As you might have noticed, the treacherous German government has abandoned the Schengen and Dublin treaties and has allowed 10,000s of illegal immigrants in over the weekend.

    Now, the illegal immigrants, safely arrived and supplied in Germany, protest, block roads, because they’re cold.

    We’ll have first frosts in the Black Forest this night.

    Maybe should have stayed in Aleppo if you like it warm.

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