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# Last year, seniors at Jasper County s public high schools

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Last year, seniors at Jasper County’s public high schools performed worse on standardized college-entrance exams than their peers at Nesbit County’s public high schools. In recent years, more and more Jasper County residents have been enrolling their children in private high schools, where the teacher-to-student ratio is traditionally lower than in public schools, and enrollment in Jasper County’s public high schools has dwindled as a result.

Based only on the information above, parents residing in Jasper County and concerned about their child’s academic future should pursue which of the following courses of action?

(A) Enroll their child in one of Jasper County’s public schools.
(B) Stay in Jasper County and enroll their child in a private school.
(C) Provide home schooling for their child rather than enrolling the child in either a public or private school.
(D) Move away from Jasper County and enroll their child in a private school.
(E) Move to Nesbit County and enroll their child in that county’s public schools.

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27 Jan 2011, 12:32
Well, according to me the answer should be "A"

Since, in Jasper County, admissions in private schools are increasing, we can assume here that people are enrolling their children to private schools to improve their performance. Now, the main reason for people opting private schools is less teacher-to-student ratio.

Now, since more n more students taking admission to private schools..... the number of students in public schools is decreasing...

Therefore, Now students at public schools will be less and teachers will be more therefore there will be improved teacher to student ratio.....

Therefore, it is better to sent children to public school... where there's less crowd
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27 Jan 2011, 12:42
IMO, it's E.

It seems that the ratio is not the problem because, although the enrollment in Jasper County's public schools has decreased (therefore, the ratio too), the performance of the students was poor.

PS. That's not a sub-600 level question.
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27 Jan 2011, 12:49
metallicafan, you hit the bull's eye. OA is E. But your explanation is different from official. Let's try to get more explanations from others.
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30 Jan 2011, 10:02
(A) Enroll their child in one of Jasper County’s public schools.
This won't help the situation since performance of Public school Students is poor

(B) Stay in Jasper County and enroll their child in a private school.
No where mentioned that putting children in Private school will improve them

(C) Provide home schooling for their child rather than enrolling the child in either a public or private school.
Out of scope

(D) Move away from Jasper County and enroll their child in a private school.
Same as A.. wont make the things any better

(E) Move to Nesbit County and enroll their child in that county’s public schools.
Correct! its mentioned that Performance of students in Nesbit County's public schools is better. So we can rely on this option
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30 Jan 2011, 21:57
agree with 'amod243', shd be E.
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02 Feb 2011, 08:18
OE:
The correct response is (E). Comparatively high test scores among Nesbit County’s senior class constitues some evidence that Nesbit County’s public schools provide a better education than those in Jasper County. The argument for enrolling a child in a private school rather than a public school is weaker because it depends on the additional, unsubstantiated assumption that a low teacher-to-student ratio results in a higher-quality education. Moreover, current school-enrollment trends in Jasper County schools suggest that public schools are becoming more appealing — and private schools less appealing — in terms of teacher-to-student ratio.
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03 Feb 2011, 05:52
The whole argument is weak, vague and unsubstantiated. Can go as far as option E by any stretch of imagination. Author started with weak performance on standardized tests and then switched to talking about T/S ratio without citing the effect of the ratio on the student performance. I don't know who wrote the argument - gmac never provides such vague arguments. I can stay in Jasper county provided the argument provides substantial evidence to prove that the childrens' score will improve.
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03 Feb 2011, 17:58
Since in public schools there are many are students and teachers are limited, this will cause problem to the learning process of the students. Unlike in private schools, teachers can easily see the needs and ability of their students because of their limited number.
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03 Feb 2011, 22:34
E i feel is correct from whatever space information given in the argument. have to agree that the stimulus is vague and 'un-GMAT like'.
BTW, what is the source of this question.
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05 Feb 2011, 00:48
E is wrong. Nesbit County will become overcrowded, teacher to student ratio will go down, thus potentially affecting the test scores.

I'd pick A but it has its flaws as well. The entire CR question is too vague
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