Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Newspapers and magazines have bombarded the American public in recent years with reports that national test scores on the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) were steadily dropping. Many people believe this drop in scores meant the quality of education was declining. Are the educational standards of our high schools lower today than they were twenty years ago? If so, what are the ramifications for our colleges and universities? The Advisory Panel on the SAT Score Decline stated, "There is a clearly observable evidence of diminished seriousness of purpose and attention to mastery of skills and knowledge in the learning process as it proceeds in the schools, the home and the society generally" (Wirtz et al., 1977, p. 47). Although SAT scores showed a slight increase in 1983-'84 (Biemiller, 1985), it is too early to determine whether this indicates the decline in scores may be reversed.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Robert L. Frank


If you are the rightful copyright holder of this graduate research paper and wish to have it removed from the Open Access Collection, please submit a request to and include clear identification of the work, preferably with the URL.

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (30 leaves)



File Format


Included in

Education Commons