The draft accreditation standards for schools of education call for higher average SAT scores for teacher training programs. This raises an uncomfortable question about race. Students from racial minorities score lower on the SAT than do white students. Will the new standards reduce the number of minority students who become teachers? There’s not a definitive answer, but there’s good reason to worry.
The draft accreditation standards don’t have an SAT cutoff, but my back of the envelope calculations suggest that ed schools will largely be recruiting from students with SAT’s above 880 (old scale). I made a table from Baccalaureate and Beyond that breaks down SAT’s by race.
But a reminder: The new accreditation standards set an average SAT goal. They don’t set a cutoff that applies to any particular student. Ed schools are free to recruit low SAT students who have other good characteristics, so long as they bring in enough high SAT students. The numbers do suggest that we could lose a lot of minority teacher candidates is admission committees aren’t paying attention to the situation.
(Thanks go to Brian Jacob for nudging me to make this table.)