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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.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

(A) Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.
(B) New housing developments planned for Newtown are (shared) for occupancy in 1987 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public
(C) The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.
(D) Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced lower graduates in 1994 than in 1993.
(E) In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.
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E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.

So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.


Picked E for the same reasons.
Let the numof teachers in 1985 be 100.
In 1993, if 5 teachers resigned , 7 applicants would have applied for the job. The number of applicants in 1993 is 5.7 % less than the number of applicants in 1985. The number of students have increased, number of resignation has increased , but the shortage can be filled because the nos of applicants is greater than the nos of posts available.
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Teacher to student ratio is more of a efficiency in teaching and higher teacher to student ratio means teacher can concentrate more on the students he/she has. If there are 10 teachers and 1000 students each T has to concentrate on 100 S. If 10 T and 100 S, each T has to concentrate on 10 S. We can't say that there is shortage or no shortage based on the T/S.
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Question is asking that when there is a dip in % of applications for teaching job and continuous increase in no. of students enrolled together with a trend where many teachers have resigned, how come the school did not feel the shortage of teacher.
EXPLANATION: The only way it is possible is that in absolute number terms if they are getting applications more than the vacancies they have at any point of the time, they will not feel the shortage. The same things is explained in choice E. Analogy: if John's income is decreasing and his expenses are increasing, there is still a possibility that he is not feeling the heat of this if it is proved that decreased income is still higher than the increased expenses.
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E for this.
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E looks good
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E for me too. The answer should be a choice, which should convey a sense that there are sufficient teachers. The argument states that the number of teaching applicants are going down. Only E states that there were more applicants than positions. Therefore there are no teaching shortages.
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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 dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

A. Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.
B. New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.
C. The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.
D. Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.
E. In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.

I go with D....
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I think it is 'E'.

It can't be 'D', the stem says, "...however, Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s", 'D' talks only about the past but nothing about the future (late 1990's).
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I vote for (E).

The article says that there are more students than teachers.
However, (E) says that the school already had surplus of teachers.
Therefore, until this surplus is exhausted, there will be no lack of teachers.
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Guys,

Could you try the problem below? Please explain your answer.

S15-Q8. 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 dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

A. Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.
B. New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.
C. The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.
D. Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.
E. In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.
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E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.

So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.
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Could you try the problem below? Please explain your answer.

S15-Q8. 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 dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.

Which of the following, if true, would contribute most to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy above?

A. Many of Newtown’s public school students do not graduate from high school.
Well i dont think this is absoulety a correct choice but i think this choice partially explains that if not many students graduate form newtown's school then even if the number of incomming students is increasing there is no need to recrute more teaching staff
B. New housing developments planned for Newtown are slated for occupancy in 1997 and are expected to increase the number of elementary school students in Newtown’s public schools by 12 percent.
This statement talks about increasing the number of students and does not say a thing about teachers. So eliminate this choice

C. The Newtown school board does not contemplate increasing the ratio of students to teachers in the 1990’s.
This is irrelavent. So eliminate
D. Teachers’ colleges in and near Newtown produced fewer graduates in 1994 than in 1993.
This statement is clearly out of scope. So eliminate this choice as well
E. In 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications for teaching positions than there were positions available.

This statement says that the teachers' applications were good enough for early 90's But we cannot say that the same would be true for late 90's . So this also cannot be the correct answere choice.

If someone has a better explanation, which i am sure someone would, then explain the answere choice to this question.
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goalsnr wrote:
apache wrote:
E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.

So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.


Picked E for the same reasons.
Let the numof teachers in 1985 be 100.
In 1993, if 5 teachers resigned , 7 applicants would have applied for the job. The number of applicants in 1993 is 5.7 % less than the number of applicants in 1985. The number of students have increased, number of resignation has increased , but the shortage can be filled because the nos of applicants is greater than the nos of posts available.


Well your explanation is good enough to make me understand that the newtown school did not face the shortage of teachers in the early 90's but the question is why newtown shcool did not face shortage of teaching staff in late 90's. So i dont know if i am misssing something but to me E cannot be an answere. Can anybody explain me why E is the answere..>
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apache wrote:
E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.

So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.


Picked E for the same reasons.
Let the numof teachers in 1985 be 100.
In 1993, if 5 teachers resigned , 7 applicants would have applied for the job. The number of applicants in 1993 is 5.7 % less than the number of applicants in 1985. The number of students have increased, number of resignation has increased , but the shortage can be filled because the nos of applicants is greater than the nos of posts available.


Well your explanation is good enough to make me understand that the newtown school did not face the shortage of teachers in the early 90's but the question is why newtown shcool did not face shortage of teaching staff in late 90's. So i dont know if i am misssing something but to me E cannot be an answere. Can anybody explain me why E is the answere..>
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goalsnr wrote:
apache wrote:
E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.

So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.


Picked E for the same reasons.
Let the numof teachers in 1985 be 100.
In 1993, if 5 teachers resigned , 7 applicants would have applied for the job. The number of applicants in 1993 is 5.7 % less than the number of applicants in 1985. The number of students have increased, number of resignation has increased , but the shortage can be filled because the nos of applicants is greater than the nos of posts available.
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goalsnr wrote:
apache wrote:
E says that in 1993 Newtown’s public schools received 40 percent more applications.....so in 1984 it would have been more than that...and it 1994 the decrease is not much from 1993 fig's as relative decrease of 5.9 and 5.7 is given.


So as the application for the post of teaches is always more than the posts available thus Newtown dose not face a teacher shortage in the late 1990’s.


Picked E for the same reasons.
Let the numof teachers in 1985 be 100.
In 1993, if 5 teachers resigned , 7 applicants would have applied for the job. The number of applicants in 1993 is 5.7 % less than the number of applicants in 1985. The number of students have increased, number of resignation has increased , but the shortage can be filled because the nos of applicants is greater than the nos of posts available.


Well your explanation is good enough to make me understand that the newtown school did not face the shortage of teachers in the early 90's but the question is why newtown shcool did not face shortage of teaching staff in late 90's. So i dont know if i am misssing something but to me E cannot be an answere. Can anybody explain me why E is the answere..>
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Thanks all of you for the explanations.

IMO (not official answer) is E.
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One year's statistics can't explain the lack of teachers shortage for entire 90s .. the scope of this CR is pretty wide open.... I can only guess ...
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This is a good question. Anyone have the answer for this? Or opinions?
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