Every tax is a pay cut.  Every tax cut is a pay raise.

This web site has the historical scores for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for Massachusetts.

Examining page 3 of the Massachusetts report shows the trend in national scores from 1972 thru 2005.

Note the Great Decline in verbal scores that started in the late 1960s.  This represents the time frame during which the teachers were unionizing. 

In 1993, we were told that education reform would improve our schools.  After funneling untold billions of our hard earned tax dollars into our schools, the SAT scores have declined.

We were told that a smaller class size would improve results.  After years of escalating school costs to decrease class size, the SAT scores have declined.

After years of being told that new teaching methods by more senior (more costly) teachers would improve results, the SAT scores have declined.

One striking correlation is SAT scores and family income.  Higher income parents will motivate their children to their own levels. It's extremely difficult to rise above your culture.

No educational system, no matter how it is designed, can make up for that which is not given to children in their homes.

When the SAT scores go up, the teachers take credit, but when the SAT scores drop, they blame the students inabilities. The teachers can't have it both ways.

Special Education started in 1973 and has yet to produce results.

SAT Scores for Framingham Seniors
Year 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Verbal 514 518 523 520 528 526 529 522 507 511 526 531 514 524 509 510 501 522 511 513 512 517
Math 519 528 533 531 543 542 549 539 528 533 538 554 533 541 541 545 515 563 547 527 552 552
Writing                             507 509 494 524 509 509 515 519
Total
Verbal/Math
1033 1046 1056 1051 1071 1068 1078 1061 1035 1044 1064 1085 1047 1065 1050 1055 1016 1085 1056 1040 1067 1069
Total
Verbal/Math/Writing
1033 1046 1056 1051 1071 1068 1078 1061 1035 1044 1064 1085 1047 1065 1557 1564 1510 1609 1567 1549 1579 1588

Not only do graduate couples tend to value education; they also tend to have money to spend on it. And though the best predictor of an American child's success in school has long been the parents' educational level - a factor which graduates are already ahead on, by defintition - money is an increasingly important factor. According to Sean Reardon of Stanford the past decades have seen a growing correlation between parental income and children's test scores. Sort the students who took the SAT, a test for college applicants, in 2014 by parental income and the results get steadily better the further up the ladder you climb

2006 SAT Scores
Town Reading
Verbal
Math Writing Total
Wellesley 615 634 621 1870
Weston 604 626 609 1839
Wayland 596 624 599 1819
Dover-Sherborn 605 619 594 1818
Newton South 593 617 598 1808
Newton North 579 598 585 1762
Lincoln-Sudbury 579 601 576 1756
Needham 582 588 578 1748
Medfield 582 574 578 1734
Holliston 556 591 561 1708
Westborough 559 588 556 1703
Nashoba Regional 559 562 552 1673
Algonquin Regional 543 563 551 1657
King Philip Regional 543 548 545 1636
Hopkinton 542 551 536 1629
Franklin 532 540 540 1612
Tahanto Regional 538 536 522 1596
Natick 530 537 526 1593
Shrewsbury 521 537 518 1576
Ashland 521 536 511 1568
Medway 515 532 514 1561
Marlborough 518 534 509 1561
Framingham 509 541 507 1557
Hudson 507 535 513 1555
Nipmuc Regional-Middle 519 517 512 1548
Millis 505 502 506 1513
Watertown 492 521 496 1509
Milford 496 515 497 1508
Maynard 500 491 475 1466
Bellingham 484 482 470 1436
Minuteman Regional 483 490 452 1425
Tri-County Regional Vocational 471 485 461 1417
Norfolk County Agricultural 471 469 446 1386
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational 452 451 431 1334
Assabet Valley Regional 441 452 417 1310
J.P. Keefe Technical 443 409 397 1249
Massachusetts Average 513 524 510 1547
U.S. National Average 503 518 497 1524

2000 SAT Scores
Town Verbal Math Total
Westborough 597 622 1219
Holliston 556 572 1128
Northboro 543 568 1111
Southboro 543 568 1111
Natick 545 534 1079
Ashland 531 541 1072
Hopkinton 535 532 1067
Marlboro 516 524 1040
Framingham 507 528 1035

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