With the advent of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) legislation, schools nationwide deal with the reality of standardized testing and performance issues for students. Funding, teacher and staff jobs and the future of entire schools and districts rest on the results of standardized tests. As of 2009, just over two-thirds of schools nationally had met NCLB testing standards.
High SAT scores affect a student’s acceptance into the college of his choice. Some students even go so far as to pay cash for someone else to take their test. In 2010 and 2011, six college candidates gave a Michigan college student their identifications so he could take the SAT for them. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident.
Studies have shown that SAT scores increase steadily as family income increases. This direct correlation also impacts minority students who can be retained, placed in tutoring programs or need to attend summer school.