# Re: Public Schools

```I forwarded this to someone, who said:

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From: somebody
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 00:26:28 -0400
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Public Schools

Bob,

I'm not sure I want to get my name on this particular set of info,
but the story on IQ and SAT scores is, to a certain extent, spelled out
in "The Bell Curve."

The simple, short version is for IQ where the distribution is nearly normal
with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15.

(Recall that, in a normal distribution, two standard deviations above the
mean (2-sigma) is achieved by only 1-2%, and 3-sigma, by a factor of 10
fewer.)

There used to be a simple (public) answer for the SAT: mean of 500 and
standard deviation of 100.  So 500  = 100 and 800 = 145? Well, maybe.

The answer for SAT (verbal) scores (1961 data only, sorry) is neither short
nor simple.  The distribution is decidely non-normal.  The peak is at
280-ish, and the high side looks kind of like a normal distribution.  If it
were, the standard deviation would be 170 or so.

Because of this, the average is 475-ish.  Oh, well.

Thus, maybe, an SAT of 800 = an IQ of 145.  But 475 = 100? Or is it 280 =
100?

And of course, the populations aren't even close to the same.  Only those who
might go to college take the SAT.  And in 1961 that was even more so.

Maybe that's why they call them social scientists.

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Cheers,
Bob Hettinga

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