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  •  Yes, but generaly speaking and just about (0+ / 0-)

    universally so, if you want a comfortable middle class life you have to get good SAT scores and get into a University with them.

    I don't mean the top 5% but the 15% below them that are very comfortable. ie your typical DK denizen.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:15:35 AM PDT

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    •  It's certainly nice to have great test scores (4+ / 0-)

      but by definition only half the population can score in the top half, and only a quarter can score in the top quarter. There's nothing schools can do to change that.

      I stand by my statement that it's possible to get into the University of California - which are top tier schools - via the community college route without ever even taking the SAT. You of course do have to be a good student to do so.

      The idea that it's appropriate to punish schools because parents of special ed kids don't want them to sit for inappropriate exams, or that it's appropriate to punish the students of an entire school because special ed kids aren't testing at grade level is not justified by the existence of the SAT.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:23:03 AM PDT

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      The state school I attended only required ACTs.  I never took an SAT.  I went on to grad school, no questions asked.  

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