Do not think about, write about or deal with human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a proxy IQ test just like school tests in general. When SAT scores correlate with grades, the correlation is between two IQ measures I don’t know is “creaming” is a word I would use, but homeschoolers do score higher.
Homeschoolers Creaming Other Students on the SAT
Last summer, George Washington University announced that it would no longer require students to submit their SAT or ACT scores as incoming freshmen. This move was made because the university “had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high school performance.”
Some students, however, did not get off so easy. Homeschoolers, the college noted, would still have to submit their SAT scores before they could be admitted.
While such a caveat seems rather unfair, a new survey of 2014 SAT scores shows that the requirement shouldn’t be much of a hindrance to homeschool graduates.
In early June, Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute released findings on how homeschool students match up against other students on the SAT exam. The results in the table below show that homeschool students are far outpacing their traditional school counterparts, particularly in the areas of reading and writing.
Homeschool SAT scores
Last year, a number of news organizations reported that students in traditional schools were bombing the SAT left and right. Bloomberg created several historical charts showing SAT trends all the way back to 1972. As the reading graph below shows, the scores of today’s homeschoolers far exceed those of students in traditional school even before these scores began to tank.
SAT Reading Score Trend
Because of plummeting trends like these, testing industries like the SAT have sought to make their exams easier because so many students are struggling to get decent scores.
But if young homeschool students don’t seem to be having any trouble with the exams – and even seem to be achieving historically high scores – is it really a good idea lower the SAT bar?
Is it possible that traditional schools are failing to impart the well-rounded course of knowledge which their students need in order to keep up with the homeschooled ones?
Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Power Teaching: How to Find Someone to Teach Your Child when the Education System has Failed.”
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