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# V07-37

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09 Jun 2015, 07:26
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During last several years, seniors at Jasper County’s public high schools has been performing worse on standardized college-entrance exams than their peers at Nesbit County’s public high Schools, a result caused by adoption of modern education system at Nesbit County's 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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09 Jun 2015, 07:26
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During last several years, seniors at Jasper County’s public high schools has been performing worse on standardized college-entrance exams than their peers at Nesbit County’s public high Schools, a result caused by adoption of modern education system at Nesbit County's 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.

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. Education system and hence the performance of Nesbit county's public high schools is higher than that of Jasper's. The correct response is (E).

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09 Aug 2015, 10:09
I think this is a high-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. There is no information provided about the teachers moving in and out of either public or private high school. Also private schools might employee high teachers by paying more salaries and because of that reason public school teachers might also join private schools. So the answer choice is more of a guessing type and doesn't have enough clarity as the GMAT questions do.
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24 Nov 2015, 18:05
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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.

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. The correct response is (E).

Seriously?? One year's score is better and you are asking parents to move from one district to another, without any information on if the districts are on opposite US coasts! That's the logic we have to apply to get this right? I don't mean to be rude but the option didn't make sense to me at all when I thought of these factors. Put this paragraph and the right answer for AWA and people will have a field day working on this.
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20 Apr 2016, 07:21
why the answer cannot be option B ,

souvik101990 wrote:
Official Solution:

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.

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. The correct response is (E).

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06 Aug 2016, 07:49
Why can't answer be A. Since the number of students in jasper are joing private school, public school student to teacher ratio will reduce and this will help in improving scores.
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18 Aug 2016, 08:04
banty1987 wrote:
Why can't answer be A. Since the number of students in jasper are joing private school, public school student to teacher ratio will reduce and this will help in improving scores.

The stem does not provide any information that correlates lower teacher to student ratio with better performance.
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21 Aug 2016, 12:29
hi i got the answer right but there seems to be a wrong explanation. as per my logic i chose E since the passage did not suggest that moving to a private school will increase grades thus the other county was the only logical choice based on given information.

The explanation wrongly states that private school numbers have declined while the passage states the opposite.

secondly im not clear about the ratio if the ratio of teachers to students has decreased doesnt it meant that from (1 teacher with 10 students it has become eg 1 teacher with 100 students)

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30 Nov 2016, 20:54
I agree with parthc. The argument does not state about better score in case of private school, and the assumption of teacher-to-student ration is out of scope in evaluating the argument.
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01 Dec 2016, 06:59
Hientran48 wrote:
I agree with parthc. The argument does not state about better score in case of private school, and the assumption of teacher-to-student ration is out of scope in evaluating the argument.

The explanation has been modified.
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01 Dec 2016, 07:38
Hi, I don't think E can be the correct ans, and on top of this I even don't think this is type of question comes in GMAT. In no way this question comes under standard GMAT CR pattern. Even if GMAT asks this type of question, the question stems should be stronger. Now why I think 'E' can not be the ans - because, on one year's result, it is not a wise decision to shift to another place for your kid's studies.
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01 Dec 2016, 08:02
arunavamunshi1988 wrote:
Hi, I don't think E can be the correct ans, and on top of this I even don't think this is type of question comes in GMAT. In no way this question comes under standard GMAT CR pattern. Even if GMAT asks this type of question, the question stems should be stronger. Now why I think 'E' can not be the ans - because, on one year's result, it is not a wise decision to shift to another place for your kid's studies.

Your point is valid - we have already modifed the stem to take care of this issue.
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26 Nov 2017, 15:59
If you read carefully the question stem, it asks you to consider "only" the information above: "Based only on the information above". The only evidence that any type of school is better than the other is that "Nesbit County’s public high Schools" perform better than "Jasper County’s public high schools".
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