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October 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Are new teachers getting smarter? UW study finds increase in SAT scores, GPA

SAT scores and other measures of academic success could be on the rise for teachers just entering the workforce, according to a new study from University of Washington, Bothell, researchers Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch.

The finding appears in the most recent issue of Harvard University’s Education Next Journal under the headline “Gains in teacher quality.” Goldhaber and Walch assert that long-standing concern about U.S. teachers’ academic proficiency may be overstated, pointing to a 5-percentile point gain on new teachers’ SAT scores between 1993-94 and 2008-09.

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October 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

State SAT scores dip, but still among nation’s highest

As in past years, Washington state students scored well on this year’s SAT college-entrance exam, with a combined reading/math average that ranked fourth in the nation. Among states where at least half of eligible students took the test, Washington students came in  first last year. Even with the slip in ranking, the scores are still a bright spot in the state’s education…

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