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Claremont McKenna Students Respond to Padded SAT Scores

Hemera/Thinkstock(CLAREMONT, Calif.) -- Students at Claremont McKenna College told ABC News on Tuesday they were “in shock” at recent news that for the past six years the small, prestigious school had bumped up the SAT scores of its incoming freshmen in an effort to boost the school’s ranking in the influential U.S. News and World Report’s listing.

“There’s some negative feelings going around,” said Sam Kahr, a student at the Claremont, Calif., college. “But we are the first people to openly come out and acknowledge that we have done this, and I feel that deserves merit on the part of the administration.”

On Monday, Pamela Gann, Claremont McKenna’s president, released a statement to students and faculty, saying that “a senior administrator” had resigned after admitting to being, “solely responsible for falsely reporting SAT statistics since 2005.”

Gann said in her statement that, “the reported critical reading and/or math SAT scores were generally inflated by an average of 10-20 points.”

She said that the school did not believe anyone else was involved and that legal counsel would independently review the school’s admission-related data processes.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Richard Vos, the school’s vice president, dean of admissions and financial aid, had been removed from the college’s website Monday and that he was no longer employed at the school.

U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Claremont McKenna ninth among the country’s liberal arts colleges for 2012, released a statement Tuesday on its website, saying that it would review new SAT scores sent from the school and, “estimate its actual impact on Claremont McKenna College’s rankings and publish that information” online.

Brian Kelly, the editor of U.S. News and World Report, told ABC News on Tuesday, however, that he didn’t think the inflated SAT scores would affect the school’s overall score “all that much.”  SAT scores account for 7.5 percent of a school’s total score.

“It’s not huge,” Kelly said. “We fold a lot of different kinds of measurements (such as class rank, acceptance rates and student selectivity) together to come up with our ranking.”

Gracie Mahan, a Claremont McKenna student, said the incident was embarrassing.

“Knowing that the scores were changed…it’s a very serious issue,” she said. “I think a lot of kids make their college decision off what the scores look like at a school.  It’s unacceptable for these numbers to have been tampered with.”´╗┐

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Sec. Arne Duncan: "Developed Nations Are Out-Educating Us"

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan has responded to a new report showing that American students continue to fall behind internationally, saying the findings “show that a host of developed nations are out-educating us.”

The report, Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context, out Tuesday, reveals the U.S. now ranks 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading out of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] countries.

OECD countries such as Finland, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand continue to outpace the U.S. in reading, science and math. China also delivered a wake-up call to experts. In its first year to be included in the study as a non-OECD country, Shanghai ranked first in all three categories.

“The findings, I have to admit, show that the United States needs to urgently accelerate student learning to try to remain competitive in the knowledge economy of the 21st century,” Duncan said at a press conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “Americans need to wake up to this educational reality instead of napping at the wheel while emerging competitors prepare their students for economic leadership.”

The U.S. did show improvement in science and math from 2006 to 2009, but Duncan warned “I don’t think that’s much for us to celebrate. Being average in science is a mantle of mediocrity.”

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Duncan said the U.S. should focus on recruiting and supporting talented teachers in order to catch up to the rest of the world.

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