“We expected there would be learning loss because of pandemic disruptions in the school year and in the previous spring,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.
This year, SAT scores dropped in 18 of Idaho’s 20 largest school districts. Meanwhile, Idaho’s high-poverty rural districts still lag behind the state’s average.
Idaho’s SAT scores are roughly middle of the road — when compared with other states that make the college-entrance exam available to students, free of charge.
The vast majority of Sugar-Salem High School’s roughly 125 juniors took the state’s other acceptable college-entrance exam, the ACT.
The task force wants 60 percent of high school students to meet the SAT’s college- and career-readiness benchmarks in 2022-23. Only 32 percent of juniors hit this target in April.
Idaho wants to see more high school graduates go to college. But are they ready? The latest test results are not encouraging.
Here are some facts and figures from the April 2017 “SAT Day” — when 19,323 students took the college-entrance exam.
The State Board of Education took a quick and cursory look at the numbers Thursday afternoon. The state will release more comprehensive ISAT results in the fall.