College entrance exam results are out for the class of 2007, and as most of you know South Carolina is still ranked 49th in the country in both the SAT and ACT.
The articles we’ve read on both the SAT and ACT have reported general results; but, they haven’t included any demographic breakdowns. Here are a few other details from the SC results that we found mighty interesting:
- There were 24,081 students who took the SAT compared to 16,716 who took the ACT.
- Students in non-public schools accounted for 11% of those who took the SAT; that data is not available from the ACT.
- Students from religious schools scored an average of 39 points higher in reading, 19 points higher in math, and 49 points higher in writing.
- Students from independent schools scored an average of 17 points higher in reading, 6 points higher in math, and 26 points higher in writing.
- White students scored an average of 94 points higher in reading, 94 points higher in math, and 92 points higher in writing.
- White males scored 99 points higher in reading, 101 points higher in math, and 92 points higher in writing.
- White females scored 92 points higher in reading, 85 points higher in math, and 92 points higher in writing.
- From the South Carolina results, the ACT projects that only 15% of those who took the test are college-ready. For white students, college readiness is projected at 22% while only 2% of black students are considered ready.
- Black students had a composite score on the ACT of 16.3 compared to 21.5 for white students.
Families who would like to find an alternative school but can’t afford it, particularly black parents, should be outraged at these results. Clearly, there is a need for some real change.
Jim Rex’s quote in the Post and Courier article sums it up well, saying, “”It may be that we’ve hit a point in education reform in the state and nation that we need to do more substantive change to keep up with the competition.”
Really, Dr. Rex! Here’s an idea: Stop paying lip service to real reform and let’s give all children the opportunity to find a school – any school – that works best for them. It’s called school choice and it works.