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More on education majors and the SAT

Several posts back I wrote about how education majors compare to others in terms of SAT performance. The answer was that ed majors do less well, but not by a huge gap. That finding depended in part on what you mean by “less well” and partly on a technical issue involving the exact definition of “major.” Today, a less sanguine read on the situation.

Here’s a graph showing SAT (old scoring system; also includes corresponding ACT) scores for graduating college students who majored in education versus all graduates.

sat deciles

The middle of the distributions aren’t all that different, but look at the upper tail. (I’ve added an arrow to draw your attention.) Overall, 25.5 percent of students scored above 1200. For ed majors, only 13 percent.

So only about half the number of education majors fall into the top quartile of all graduating seniors. (Consider this a correction to my earlier, more optimistic, post.) Not good. Lot’s of things go into making a great teacher and academic ability is only one item on the list. But the really big shortfall at the top end of the distribution is scary.

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One Response to More on education majors and the SAT

  1. Sherman Dorn says:

    I think the ability to distinguish between the SAT and “academic ability” would be an important characteristic of teachers. 😉

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