Future education majors score below state average on SAT

Report: performance subpar for likely teachers

A recently released summary of SAT scores for the Michigan high school class of 2000 reveals that students intending to major in education scored below the state average in both math and verbal performance.

According to "2000 Profile of College Bound Seniors," a report from the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, 10,280 Michigan high school students from the class of 2000 took the SAT I test. The report presents SAT math and verbal scores and also the students' "intended college major," chosen from 23 categories. The tables below show the math and verbal scores and intended college major for the highest and lowest performing students.

Of concern to many educators is the fact that the highest performing students are not choosing education as a field of study in college. Of the 6 percent of students who selected education as a major, their average math score is 35 points below the state average. The average verbal score for education majors is 26 points below the state average.

This is not to say that all teachers are coming from this pool. In fact, many education experts believe that future teachers should major in a non-education subject area, such as math or biology, to develop content mastery, and supplement their major course work with education theory and practice classes.