BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST®
FOR THE CLASS OF 2011
of the students entering College this fall, members of the Class of
2011, were born in 1989. For them, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey
Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the
Beachcomber have always been dead.
What Berlin wall?
Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.
They never “rolled down” a car window.
Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
They may confuse the Keating Five with a rock group.
They have grown up with bottled water.
General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
Pete Rose has never played baseball.
Rap music has always been mainstream.
Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!
“Off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone.
Music has always been “unplugged.”
Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
Women have always been police chiefs in major cities.
They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
The NBA season has always gone on and on and on and on.
Classmates could include Michelle Wie, Jordin Sparks, and Bart Simpson.
Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club.
Spring Branch students exceeded both the State of Texas and National average scores on both the 2007 SAT and the ACT college entrance exams.
Of equal significance is the fact that Spring Branch increased the percentage of students taking the SAT to 72% (the State participation rate is 52% and the National rate is 48%). This is a critical step in achieving the District's college focus goal.
SBISD outscores state and national averages on the 2007 SAT and ACT
Spring Branch ISD students posted scores significantly higher than state and national averages on the expanded 2007 SAT, according to figures released recently by the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers the popular standardized exam.
SBISD’s test participation by seniors increased from 68 percent a year ago to 72 percent this year, much higher than the state and national participation rates of 52 and 48 percent, respectively. Students may take the test more than once while in high school.
Nearly 1.5 million students in the national class of 2007 took the SAT. The number and diversity of test takers rose both in Texas and across the nation, national researchers report.
High school seniors here who took the recently expanded test also earned some of the highest scores in the Houston region.
The SAT is a three hour and 45 minute test with math, critical reading and writing sections. Students may earn between 200 and 800 points on each portion of the test.
On the SAT writing test, introduced two years ago, Spring Branch students averaged a 502. That was 14 points higher than the national public school average of 488, and a significant 24 points higher than the Texas average of 478.
On the critical reading test, SBISD’s average score of 508 exceeded the state public school average of 487 by 19 points. The national public school average was 498.
In math, Spring Branch students posted a significantly higher 540, 31 points higher than the national public school average in math of 509, and 35 points higher than the Texas public school average of 505.
“Once again, Spring Branch’s students outperformed their state and national peers. Our students continue to produce some of the highest SAT scores in the area, even as almost three out of every four seniors now take the test,” Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann said.
Many high school students also take the ACT, a curriculum-based measure of college readiness. In the ACT, students are tested in English, mathematics, reading, and science, and earn individual scores in each area as well as an overall composite score.
Scores on the ACT range from 1 up to a maximum of 36. Just as they did in the SAT, Spring Branch students exceeded the state and national averages in every subject and overall composite score. The 2007 district composite average score was 23.4 exceeding both the state average composite of 20.5, and the national composite average of 21.2.
Since 2004, the number of students taking the ACT has increased in Spring Branch by nearly 43 percent compared with an increase of 11 percent over that same period for the state.
In English, SBISD students averaged 22.5, while the state average was 19.5 and the national average was 20.7.
In reading, the SBISD average of 23.4 outpaced the state average of 20.6 and the national average of 21.5.
Similarly in science, SBISD seniors scored an average of 22.8 compared with 20.4 for Texas and 21.0 for the nation.
In mathematics, SBISD reached the highest of its average scores with 24.2, more than 3 points higher than both the state average of 20.8 and the national average of 21.0.
The Bradshaw Foundation, in association with Stephen Oppenheimer, presents a virtual global journey of modern man
over the last 160,000 years. The map will show for the first time the
interaction of migration and climate over this period. We are the
descendants of a few small groups of tropical Africans who united in
the face of adversity, not only to the point of survival but to the
development of a sophisticated social interaction and culture expressed
through many forms. Based on a synthesis of the mtDNA and Y chromosome evidence with archaeology, climatology and fossil study, Stephen Oppenheimer has tracked the routes and timing of migration, placing it in context with ancient rock art around the world.
I recently found Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies while trying to find information to help me with my daughter's Algebra homework. The website has some free content and sells a CD with more that, since I don't own, I have not reviewed.
The website also provides a forum that contains questions and posted answers that are also helpful.