by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday. North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points. The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade.
Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of Public Instruction took a different angle. According to an article published in the News & Observer,
In the SAT score drop “you see the impact of lack of resources for certain initiatives,” such as early childhood education services, extra help for struggling students and issues such as teacher retention, said State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat.
“All these factors chip away” at the state’s ability to make as much progress as it needs to, Atkinson said Thursday.