SAT scores of teacher wannabes
High school graduates who say they intend to major in education score in the bottom third compared to 36 other intended majors, according to the SAT data released last week. Nationally, intended education majors finished 25th in reading, 27th in math and a combined 57 points below the national average in both.
The numbers in Florida: 26th in reading, 30th in math.
Students often change majors, of course. But is it a stretch to suggest the SAT scores are another sign the best and brightest don't want to teach? This recent study, which looked at the SAT scores of beginning teachers, is a better measure of that and also highlights the trends. Read here for a summary.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter