Multiple-Choice Test: Why Are SAT and ACT Scores Dropping?

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To the Editor:

Regarding your article "SAT-ACT Performance for 2015 Graduates Called 'Disappointing,' " here is a quiz for readers.

SAT and ACT scores have "mostly held steady or dropped for the last five years" because of (choose as many as applicable):

a) poorly designed federal and state policy

b) inappropriate accountability measures

c) declining state and local funding

d) underprepared teachers

e) proliferation of smartphones and social media

f) overemphasis on high school sports

g) doubts about the return-on-investment of college

h) preoccupation with the Common Core State Standards

i) overemphasis on testing

j) insufficient school choice

k) income inequality

l) (and/or) _____________

m) all of the above

James H. Lytle
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Vol. 35, Issue 05, Page 20

Published in Print: September 23, 2015, as Multiple-Choice Test: Why Are SAT and ACT Scores Dropping?
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