Monday, April 02, 2007

The ET$ Meritocracy

"New SAT Section Tests Ability to Pay Tuition"--that's the headline on a pretty funny article currently online at The Onion. It would be even funnier if the actual SAT weren't already testing exactly that ability:
There is a direct correlation between income level and SAT scores nationally--results that matched locally with the new U.S. census findings, according to newly released data released from the College Board. . . .

Typically, each $10,000 income increase corresponded to a 10- to 12-point gain in the mean score of each test section. The only significant variation was between students from families earning between $80,000 and $100,000 and those earning more than $100,000. In those categories, mean scores jumped 26, 30 and 29 points, respectively, in critical reading, math and writing.
Further evidence of how difficult it must be nowadays to generate fake news stories that are more outrageous--or depressing--than the real news.

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