SAT scores dropped this year for critical reading, mathematics and writing. For critical reading and math, this was the second year of score declines. The College Board chose to emphasize the increased numbers and diversity of SAT takers in revealing data about test takers from the Class of ’07, but the press focused on the score drop. Please see:
- SAT Scores Decline for Second Straight Year, as Experts Debate Cause from the The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- SAT Scores Down Again, Wealth Up Again, from Inside Higher Ed.
- Class of 2007 Logs Slide In SAT Scores from The Wall St. Journal.
- Math and Reading SAT Scores Drop from The New York Times.
Another piece of SAT news: In early 2006 The College Board admitted that roughly 4400 tests from the October 2005 SAT administration had been scored incorrectly. The inevitable law suit followed. That law suit has just been settled with The College Board and NCS Pearson agreeing to pay $2.85 million to settle. Members of the class who agree to the settlement can fill out a short form to receive $275 a piece or they can submit a longer form detailing why they feel they deserve more. Any money left after lawyer fees and settlement payments will go to charitable causes.
Students who received wrong scores are clearly not going to get rich from this law suit, but I can’t help wondering about the lawyers.