Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) bragged about his school entrance take a look at scores on Thursday as he additionally acknowledged that some “people think I’m the dumbest guy in Congress.”
Gohmert could have earned that reputation by doing issues like claiming his face masks probably gave him COVID-19 (on the extraordinarily uncommon events he wore one) after which taking the failed Donald Trump “cure” hydroxychloroquine to struggle it. He has stated that caribou like to “date” over oil pipelines and nominated Republican Newt Gingrich to be speaker of the House 13 years after Gingrich left Congress.
The Republican from Texas nonetheless insisted that he examined “very well” on the SAT school entrance examination. Gohmert, 67, additionally claimed — with out providing any proof — that younger individuals scored greater on the SAT earlier than the arrival of the Department of Education underneath President Jimmy Carter 42 years ago, however that’s not quite correct.
“When I took it, did very well. It got me into the honors program at [Texas] A&M,” Gohmert stated in a speech on the House flooring. “I’m sure that shocks people that think I’m the dumbest guy in Congress.”
Average SAT scores started to flag in 1975, 4 years earlier than the Education Department was created. The math/important studying scores have been 494/507 in 1978, the 12 months earlier than the division was created. Scores have been 500/509 in 1985 and 1986, and 501/507 in 1987. Math scores have generally risen over time to 2020, whereas important studying has slipped over the identical time. There’s no obvious correlation to when the Department of Education was created.
The SAT, which doesn’t measure IQ, has come underneath rising criticism as a biased take a look at weighted towards white and prosperous college students and one which has questionable utility in figuring out who’s a powerful school candidate. Many faculties, together with the entire University of California system, are dropping the take a look at requirement after managing to decide on college students with out it on account of COVID-19 restrictions.
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