“All In With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC ran an interesting segment last Friday covering how SAT scores trend with family income.
This segment followed a series of announced changes for the college entrance exam, which College Board officials hope will equalise what has become an increasing divided test. Critics say many factors — such as SAT prep programs and private school educations — contribute to students from wealthier families scoring higher.
However, according to College Board, it’s not entire true to say that a factor such as income has a direct effect on test scores. As they note in their 2013 annual report, these factors “are associated with educational experiences both on tests such as the SAT and in schoolwork.” More specifically, something like income or parents’ education background contribute to an environment that may allow a student to perform better, but more wealth will not automatically give a student a better score.
Regardless, the relationship between exam scores and income is undeniable. From the show’s Twitter, here’s a great chart clearly showing the rise of SAT scores as income increases:
Watch the full segment below:
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