SAT Scores Mean More Work Ahead For Local Schools
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) For the first time in history, Idaho high schools have baseline data about how students perform on college entrance exams.
That's because last spring the state paid for nearly 17,000 juniors to take the SAT.
The results of the first Idaho SAT School Day are in, and it's clear schools have some work to do.
"Our scores didn't come out as high as we'd hoped, but we're looking at it as an opportunity. We believe that all data is good data,” said Brady Dickinson, Principal, Canyon Ridge High School.
According to College Board guidelines only one in four Idaho high school juniors are ready for college or careers.
"It gives us an opportunity to really dig in and look at how our kids did and what areas we can improve," said Dickinson.
The average statewide scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing were below 500, which is what College Board says is required for students to be successful in postsecondary education.
The Twin Falls School District came in below the state average in all three areas.
Four percent below in critical reading, 2.6 percent below in mathematics, and, 3.3 percent below in writing.
"We have demographic populations within the school that traditionally may struggle on college entrance exams like the SAT, such as refugee populations, students learning to speak English, first generation college–bound students," said Dickinson.
The faculty plans on working as a team to help raise the scores.
"They care very much about the success of their students and they will see that we do what needs to be done in order for them to succeed," said Kim Allen, Canyon Ridge High School.
Many in the district hope the test motivates students to excel in the future.
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