Here is some of the reaction around the country to the SAT scores. I will add as I receive more reaction.
“Even though more students are taking the SAT and are showing an interest in college, scores are not rising at the rates states would like to see. This should be a call to action for improving reading and writing instruction in the middle grades and high school. States need to develop college- and career-readiness standards to help teachers and students understand the precise levels of skill and knowledge that students need to be prepared for college and career training.” David Spence, president of the Southern Regional Education Board
“More students took the SAT than ever before, and even more importantly, more students of color. These students are demonstrating growing expectations about attending college; now the nation must make sure that their increased expectations are met with improved education results. But much more work is needed if the nation is to meet the president’s goal of leading the world in college graduates. In the next few months, increasing financial aid will be critically important for Congress, but the SAT results show that it is equally important to increase the academic quality of the nation’s high school students so they are better prepared to succeed in college and careers.” Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Washington-based Alliance for Excellent Education
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the nation cannot test its way to better educational quality or equity. The top-down, one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind and state testing programs should be repealed and replaced with genuine reforms that build school capacity to address student learning needs.” Bob Schaeffer, FairTest public education director