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Re: The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown [#permalink]
21 Sep 2009, 21:21

The OA is E, according to a private source, as well as the discussion from the other forum.

However, I feel that this question is poorly constructed. I think the answer is E, after carefully thinking and brainwashing myself, because C does not adequately explain the conclusion in this argument. The conclusion of the argument states " Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990's". If you read C carefully, the answer becomes irrelavent because the answer is discussing what the school board believes, but not addressing the conclusion itself, that there's no shortage. If you were to look at E, you'd find that the explanation in E talks about who there's no shortage. After convincing myself to this thinking, I still feel that E is not a good answer because it simply talks about 1993. Since the conclusion states 1990's, 1993 itself should not adequately address the explanation because we do not know what happened in 1997, or 1998, etc.

.....my personal conclusion is...this question sucks... _________________

Re: The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown [#permalink]
18 Sep 2011, 18:20

I don't think that this question is bad. Premise: decrease in the number of APPLICATIONS Conclusion: shortage of teachers (the number of VACANCIES increased) There is a gap between the number of APPLICATIONS and that of VACANCIES. Only E adresses this gap.

Re: The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown [#permalink]
15 Jul 2013, 07:59

fozzzy wrote:

I picked C for this question can someone explain! Thanks.

The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown’s public schools was 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 and 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985. despite a steadily growing student population and an increasing number of teacher resignations, however, Newtown does not face a shortage in the late 1990’s.

ACCORDING TO ARGUMENT: NUMBER OF APPLICATION HAS DROPPED IN 1993 AND 1994...compared to number of application of year 1985 now it also says school doesnt face shortage..in late 1990 this is possible only either number of application was much higher than availability of teaching position in 1985 or student to teacher ratio would have increased.

now option C (C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.==> THIS SHOWS THAT THEY HAVE NOT INCREASED THE RATIO THING...so it is not explainig the paradox... if it were like this The Newtown school board contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s===>then it would have been the right answer

(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.===>this one clearly answering the paradox....number of available positions was less...so small decrease in number of application ...doesnt affect ....hence this one is correct

hope it helps FOZZY _________________

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Re: The number of applications for teaching positions in Newtown [#permalink]
07 Jun 2015, 22:16

The number of applications for teaching positions 5.7 percent lower in 1993 than in 1985 The number of applications for teaching positions 5.9 percent lower in 1994 than in 1985

So the number of applications was decreasing. [ NOTE: that it is not mentioned about available position ] { it is possible that available positions were very very less }

The student population was growing.

The number of teacher resignations were increasing.[ Note: It is not mentioned about how much percent ?]

Newtown did not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

So any possible Explanation that there were fewer available position then number of application for that job explain why there was not shortage.

E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available==> Perfect. Available positions were already very low so even fewer number of application doesn't matter.

No other options explain this discrepancy . _________________

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