Declining scores as we have increasing numbers of minorities, Blacks and Hispanics, don't do as well as whites
on these standardized tests.
SAT Scores Fall as Gap Widens; Asians Gain - WSJ.com
In the class of 2009, African-American students received an average critical reading score of 429, or 72 points below the general population. Math scores had a similar gap. Hispanic students’ scores also lagged but not by as much.
Asian-American students showed the most dramatic gains. In math they scored an average of 587-72 points better than the general population. Since 2008, their average math score has climbed six points.
Asians are the wrong kind of minorities. They make a convincing case for affirmative action for whites, as they have outnumbered whites at the University of California at Berkeley for years now--even when a much smaller percentage of the high school age population.
Blacks, according to the data, appear academically lost or mis-served by their gubmit schools, which is why school choice has always been a winning issue in cities.
BTW, for decades the makers of the SAT, the Princeton Review, did not disclose results by race or ethnicity. It's too much of a hot potato, I guess.
Solution? Reduce large scale Latin American immigration and encourage East Asian immigration. Unless you think the numbers lie. But the SAT is a pretty good shorthand for IQ. And fifteen years ago The Bell Curve was published, and it's held up remarkably well.
Not well: The scores have been "re-centered" in 2004, so these declines truly are more dramatic than they appear.
Tony Brown, the Black PBS talk show host, came out as a Republican in 1991 or 2 because the success of Asian immigrants showed him the conservative message held validity for the minority group he is a member of. Booker T. Washington holds out more promise--working hard and developing skills--than the Marxism of W.E.B. DuBois, who is revered in academe.
Not surprisingly, Black immigrants, from places like Haiti, often out-perform native-born Blacks who may be more interested in avoiding academic success for fear of "acting white."
Increasingly, it should be viewed, perhaps, as "acting Asian."