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 Verbal Math Writing Total
Verbal
Math
Total
Verbal
Math
Writing
2018 556 586   1142 1142
2017 556 587   1143 1143
2016 559 578   1137 1137
2015 529 562 514 1091 1605
2014 523 551 514 1074 1588
2013 517 552 519 1069 1588
2012 512 552 515 1067 1579
2011 513 527 509 1040 1549
2010 511 547 509 1056 1567
2009 522 563 524 1085 1609
2008 501 515 494 1016 1510
2007 510 545 509 1055 1564
2006 509 541 507 1050 1557
2005 524 541   1065 1065
2004 514 533   1047 1047
2003 531 554   1085 1085
2002 526 538   1064 1064
2001 511 533   1044 1044
2000 507 528   1035
1999 522 539   1061 1061
1998 529 549   1078 1078
1997 526 542   1068 1068
1996 528 543   1071 1071
1995 520 531   1051 1051
1994 523 533   1056 1056
1993 518 528   1046 1046
1992 514 519   1033 1033

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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