By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The College Board reports that less than half of those who took the SATs in 2013 are ready to succeed in college. Only 43% of the test takers met or exceeded the benchmark score of 1550, out of a total of 2400, the same as last year.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Aaron Scott Charged After Shooting Near Lincoln High School Killed Man, Injured 16-Year-Old
Nearly 80% who take advanced placement courses meet that benchmark.READ MORE: Machete-Wielding Man Wanted For Robbery At Tamu Market In Evesham Township
Those who do, have a better chance of a B- average or higher during the first year of college and persisting to graduation, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Critics believe the tests are unfair to low-income students who have less access to advanced placement classes and test-preparation materials. Those with English as a second language have difficulty also, although they do as well as peers in the math.MORE NEWS: Shapiro Reports $10M In Campaign Cash For Gubernatorial Run
The College Board and the federal Department of Education know that these students need help, which unfortunately will not come soon enough for SAT test takers this January.