Washington, DC – This morning, in response to the release of the 2009 SAT test scores, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“Rigor brings results. And as today’s report demonstrates, there’s a clear link between rigor and positive student outcomes, with students who took Advanced Placement or honors courses earning higher SAT scores on this year’s test.
“More students took the SAT than ever before, and even more importantly, more students of color. These students are demonstrating growing expectations about attending college; now the nation must make sure that their increased expectations are met with improved education results.
“But much more work is needed if the nation is to meet the president’s goal of leading the world in college graduates. In the next few months, increasing financial aid will be critically important for Congress, but the SAT results show that it is equally important to increase the academic quality of the nation’s high school students so they are better prepared to succeed in college and careers.”
National and state scores are available from the College Board at http://www.collegeboard.com/cbseniors.
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.