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# The principal of a public elementary school complained

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The principal of a public elementary school complained bitterly when his school was included on a list of the fifty most academically troubled in the state. "Look around," he told reporters. "There's no graffiti in the hallways; no one is selling drugs; and math and reading scores have been going up for every grade except the fifth. Everyone on the staff here thinks it's very unfair, especially when you consider that this school didn't even have the lowest fifth-grade achievement scores in the city."

Based on the passage above, the principal most likely believes which one of the following?

A. The school in question had never been included on the list before.
B. The school in question made the list primarily because of its low fifth-grade achievement scores.
C. Students at the school in every grade except the fifth can read and do math well above their grade level.
D. Drug problems at other elementary schools in the state are much worse than those of the school in question.
E. Both urban and suburban schools should not have been included on the list, as the former obviously have difficulties unknown to the latter.

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Keywords "scores have been going up except the 5th grade"..."school didn't even have the lowest fifth-grade scores"
He's clearly upset because everything is good except fifth grade scores, and still the school was placed in bottom-50. hence B.
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09 Jul 2011, 22:46
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The principal of a public elementary school complained bitterly when his school was included on a list of the fifty most academically troubled in the state. "Look around," he told reporters. "There's no graffiti in the hallways; no one is selling drugs; and math and reading scores have been going up for every grade except the fifth. Everyone on the staff here thinks it's very unfair, especially when you consider that this school didn't even have the lowest fifth-grade achievement scores in the city."

Based on the passage above, the principal most likely believes which one of the following?

A. The school in question had never been included on the list before.
B. The school in question made the list primarily because of its low fifth-grade achievement scores.
C. Students at the school in every grade except the fifth can read and do math well above their grade level.
D. Drug problems at other elementary schools in the state are much worse than those of the school in question.
E. Both urban and suburban schools should not have been included on the list, as the former obviously have difficulties unknown to the latter.

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Keywords "scores have been going up except the 5th grade"..."school didn't even have the lowest fifth-grade scores"
He's clearly upset because everything is good except fifth grade scores, and still the school was placed in bottom-50. hence B.

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11 Jul 2011, 03:11
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Why not D?

Because we are not interested in drug problem at other schools. We are interested in the scores of 5th graders.
This outside the scope.
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12 Jul 2011, 21:09
Can some one please explain why C is not the answer?
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12 Jul 2011, 21:24
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zuberahmed wrote:
Can some one please explain why C is not the answer?

obvious choice B is much better but in my view 2 reasons that choice C is not the one -

argument - There's no graffiti in the hallways; no one is selling drugs; and math and reading scores have been going up for every grade except the fifth.
choice C - Students at the school in every grade except the fifth can read and do math well above their grade level.

reason 1- read the highlighted portion, in my view it cannot be assumed better scores for 'above their grade level'.
reason 2 - we know that the school is in the list due to 5th grade. of everything in the list by principal, good scores in all grade is just not enough.
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This question showed up in one of Kaplan's free question of the day. Here is their explanation:

Answer B - The principal's statement to the reporters makes it clear that he feels his school was listed as academically troubled because of its low fifth-grade test scores. Otherwise, why would he take such pains to point out that achievement scores for all the other grades have been going up, and other schools in the city have lower fifth-grade scores?

So the answer is (B). Whether or not the school had ever made the list before is irrelevant, since the principal's point is that the school does not deserve to be listed now. So (A) is incorrect. As for (C), the principal may very well believe that students outside of the fifth grade are exceeding expectations for their grade level; but he may not. He says only that their reading and math scores are going up. Since the principal doesn't say where the scores used to be, we can't reasonably infer that he believes his students are reading and calculating "well above their grade level." Nor can we reasonably infer from the principal's statement about the lack of drugs in his school that the principal thinks drug problems at other elementary schools are much worse than at his school, as in (D). Finally, (E) is incorrect because the principal doesn't imply a comparison between urban and suburban schools.
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24 Jun 2014, 09:47
avohden wrote:
\ Nor can we reasonably infer from the principal's statement about the lack of drugs in his school that the principal thinks drug problems at other elementary schools are much worse than at his school, as in (D).

Is this because in the stem the principle only states that drugs aren't being sold in the school?
Other wise, we can assume this is a valid point, can't we?
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11 Jul 2015, 04:40
Dare I ask, is this a current-GMAT-like question? It doesn't feel as such, but hey, I'll take whatever (official) questions I can get.
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05 Feb 2018, 12:43
"the principal most likely believes which one of the following?" such inference question in Gmat is rarely written in this way. It sounds like a RC question.
Using POE method, all options except B are out of scope.
D is wrong b/c drug problems are not discussed. "selling drugs" yield no much information about drug problems.
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