This week, we had a round of news stories about how average SAT scores are at their lowest level in years. In an example of particularly weak reporting, the Washington Post‘s Nick Anderson wrote,
The steady decline in SAT scores and generally stagnant results from high schools on federal tests and other measures reflect a troubling shortcoming of education-reform efforts. The test results show that gains in reading and math in elementary grades haven’t led to broad improvement in high schools, experts say.
All those experts who are saying? Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli’s the only one quoted in the article on the (minimal) national average trend, other than the assessment head for the College Board, which owns the SAT.