Do not disturb, testing in progress

Tuesday’s a big test day for almost every high school junior in Idaho and for hundreds of thousands across the country.

It’s SAT Day when juniors take the nationally recognized exam during the school day. The multiple-choice test, administered by the College Board, is used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The higher the SAT score, the more options are available for attending and paying for college.

Idaho will pay for every junior to take the test. Last year 19,354 participated — or 88 percent of all juniors. Nationwide, more than 800,000 are expected to take the SAT on Tuesday.

Here are last year’s Idaho SAT results, by the numbers:

  • 998 — mean composite score, compared to 1,060 nationally.
  • 60 — percent who hit the benchmark in reading (480), compared to 70 percent nationally.
  • 34 — percent who hit the benchmark in math (530), compared to 49 percent nationally.
  • 32 — percent who hit both benchmarks, compared to 46 percent nationally.
  • 38 — percent who failed to hit either benchmark, compared to 27 percent nationally.

Idaho paid the College Board $809,600 to provide the 2018 SAT.

The state’s current go-on rate has been either flat or dropped over the past few years, and about 45 percent of 22,000 Idaho juniors are expected to go on to some form of post-secondary education.

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