Date of Award

Spring 1981

Document Type



Mathematics, Engineering & Computer Science

First Advisor

A. J. Murray

Second Advisor

Marie Vanisko

Third Advisor

Allen Pope


Probably the greatest alarm to the American Public concerning their education system came about with declining SAT and ACT test scores. The rash declines sparked the realization for the need to examine the school system. The SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test, and ACT, American College Test, are given to high school college-bound seniors, with one or both required for admission. The SAT is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 in the areas of verbal and mathematic skills. The ACT grading scale ranges from 1 to 36, with an average composite score taken from the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, and the Natural Sciences.''' With average annual scores stable through the 1940's and 1950's, the 1960's and 1970's marked drastic declines.