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No surprise, wealthy kids score highest on college SATs exams

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 3, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    I've long heard that SAT scores are correlated with a parent's income and educational levels.
    Additionally, when we sought advice from our Professor in education father-in-law what to look for to find good schools he said "it is very simple, buy a home in the most affluent area you can afford."

    My guess is that we are doing a "decent" job in educating white middle/upper middle/wealthy class students but that we are failing miserably in educating lower middle class and poor students. I think it takes a different skill set and resources to meet the educational needs of kids living in income-challenged circumstances. Things like smaller class sizes would have a greater impact on schools located in financially challenged areas. More support staff and community resources might make a difference too. I think "it takes a village" mentality would be hugely beneficial to those households.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Oct. 3, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    @ Hemlock: Since you are talking about children who take tests while in high school, it is a fair bet that it is rich kids doing better - they really have not had much chance to become rich based on their own smarts.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Rich kids do better or smarter kids become rich? The statistics of this article are suspect.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Re: ". . . the higher the income of the test-taker's family, the better the chances for success."

    Liberals will fix that!

    They'll just take points from the rich and give them to the poor -- problem solved!

    At least that'll have the virtue of being consistent with their deranged economic policy.