
Did the Gender Gap Narrow as SAT Scores Dropped 98 Points? Is this proof of a decrease in US education quality? Is this decrease due to the increase in the number of minorities? Someone taking today's SAT test would score 2536 points higher than if that person took the 1960 test. Total SAT scores declined 73 points between 1960 and 1993. This is a total decrease in SAT Scores of 98 to 109 points in less than 4 decades. GDP per Worker by the Gold Standard declined $4,287 for each 1 point increase in the percent of US managers and administrators who are females.
Males are 61.7% of those scoring over 550 in SAT Math and 21% of Bachelor's Degrees in Education. Antimale discrimination under the guise of "affirmative action" greatly reduced the number of more highly qualified teachers in the US, followed by a 98 point decrease in SAT scores and erosion of key technical skillsno nation's 12 graders scored lower than ours in TIMSS geometry.
This national lab completed a study which suggests that the 98
point decrease was due to the increase in the percent of females
and minorities taking the test. Most of the increase in the
percent of testtakers who are minorities are also females. Using
a liberal estimate of the increase in the percent of minority and
female testtakers since 1960, the actual decrease in SAT scores
since 1960 is 16 times greater than the increase in the percent
of lower scoring testtakers predicts that it should have been,
accounting for only 6 out of the 98 points. Anyone at Sandia
National Laboratories who signed this study should not be allowed
to handle our nation's nuclear weapons.
Wrong. The media suggests that the decrease in this
"gender gap" from 47 points in 1967 to 45 points in
1993 is indicative of "feminist progress". Table 127
below from the US Department of Education shows that any
perceived decrease in the "gender gap" is due solely to
the decrease in overall scores, which reduced the denominator.
The base SAT score is 200, thus the 47 point "gender
gap" in 1967 was a gap of 17.6% (47/267), and the 45 point
"gender gap" in 1993 was a gap of 17.5% (43/257). When
the rounding of SAT points is taken into account, the
"gender gaps" of these two scores from 26 years apart
are identical.
Wrong. A 17.5 % reduction in the math skills of many employees translates into greater than a 35 % reduction in productivity. A 35% reduction in productivity translates into greater than a 70% increase in the price a company's final product. A 70% increase in the price of the final product translates into much greater than a 70% decrease in salesit is a 100% decrease in sales. A mere 2% difference in prices, if sustained, is sufficient to cause a 100% decrease in sales. This is why increasing the percent of US managers and administrators who are females from 19% to 43%, which reduced their composite SAT Math scores by 14 points, parallelled a 51% decrease in GDP per Worker by the Gold Standard. A 17.5% difference is unsustainable.
Feminism. Failure to properly motivate boys. Denigration of
the male sex by educators. Family breakdown. The rapid reduction
in the number of male teachers. The rapid increase in the percent
of female teachers. Banning of school prayer. Loss of ethical and
moral values in school. The 76 point drop from 8th12th grade US
students on TIMSS.
One TIMSS point is equal to 12 SAT points. Had US education
quality merely remained flat since 1960, the US score of 424 in
TIMSS geometry would have been between 522 and 620, which would
have put us in the range of countries like Belgium, Spain,
Russia, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, France, Bulgaria, Hungary,
Ireland, Denmark, Israel, Thailand, and Cyprus. This is well
below countries like Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong
Kong. It is slightly above countries like Lithuania, Germany, New
Zealand, England, Norway, Canada, Greece, Scotland, Australia,
Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden, Romania, Italy, Slovenia,
Austria, and Iran.
No. The Graduate Record Examination more accurately measures both the accomplishments of undergraduate students and the sex differences of these accomplishments. The GRE shows that, even though males are less than 45% of college admissions and females are more than 55%, the top fiftieth percentile of college graduates are made up 98.5% by males and 1.5% by females. CALCULATIONS:
Based solely on these data points:
Table 127.Scholastic Aptitude Test score averages for collegebound high school seniors, by sex: 196667 to 199293 _________________________________________________________________________  Verbal score  Mathematical score School year __________________________________________________________  Total  Male  Female  Total  Male  Female ___________________________________________________________________ 1  2  3  4  5  6  7 ___________________________________________________________________ (EST 1960) 475 472 478 500 522 478 196667 ..... 466  463  468  492  514  467 196768 ..... 466  464  466  492  512  470 196869 ..... 463  459  466  493  513  470 196970 ..... 460  459  461  488  509  465 197071 ..... 455  454  457  488  507  466       197172 ..... 453  454  452  484  505  461 197273 ..... 445  446  443  481  502  460 197374 ..... 444  447  442  480  501  459 197475 ..... 434  437  431  472  495  449 197576 ..... 431  433  430  472  497  446       197677 ..... 429  431  427  470  497  445 197778 ..... 429  433  425  468  494  444 197879 ..... 427  431  423  467  493  443 197980 ..... 424  428  420  466  491  443 198081 ..... 424  430  418  466  492  443       198182 ..... 426  431  421  467  493  443 198283 ..... 425  430  420  468  493  445 198384 ..... 426  433  420  471  495  449 198485 ..... 431  437  425  475  499  452 198586 ..... 431  437  426  475  501  451       198687 ..... 430  435  425  476  500  453 198788 ..... 428  435  422  476  498  455 198889 ..... 427  434  421  476  500  454 198990 ..... 424  429  419  476  499  455 199091 ..... 422  426  418  474  497  453       199192 ..... 423  428  419  476  499  456 199293 ..... 424  428  420  478  502  457 Decrease 51 22 TOTAL DECREASE = 73 points* ___________________________________________________________________ NOTE.Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800. Data for the years 196667 through 197071 are estimates derived from the test scores of all participants. SOURCE: College Entrance Examination Board, National Report on CollegeBound Seniors, various years. (Copyright @ 1993 by the College Entrance Examination Board. All rights reserved.) (This table was prepared April 1994.) *Does not include the fact that someone taking today's SAT test today score 2536 points higher than on the 1960 test, because of changes in the test. Average male/female gap in math was 46 SAT points. The Dollar Value of an SAT Point The average SAT Math score in 1970 for females was 461 and for
males was 505; in 1993 for females was 457 and for males
was 502. The composite SAT Math scores of managers and
administrators thus decreased from 497 in 1970 to 483 by 1993, a
14 point decrease. The base score of the SAT score is 200,
so GDP by the Gold Standard per Worker per Average SAT Math point
was $396 per point in 1970 and $204 per point in 1993. If
GDP per Worker & SAT Math Scores are directly linked, a 14
point decrease in composite SAT scores would have been a decrease
in GDP per Worker of $6,594. Actual incomes decreased by
$60,017, which is $53,513 more than, or 9.1 times, the
calculated decrease.
