SAT scores across the Blaine County School District dipped to a four-year low in 2019, while a gap in proficiency between the white and Hispanic students grew, according to a preliminary analysis by district staff presented to the school board Tuesday night.

     Taking the test as 11th-graders in January, only 28 percent of Hispanic students met the Idaho benchmark for college readiness in “evidence-based reading and writing,” long called “verbal”—a 15 percentage-point drop from last year; 72 percent of non-Hispanic students cleared the bar.

     Math proficiency went up one percentage point for each subgroup, though overall, fewer students met the benchmark: just 16 percent of Hispanic students and 43 percent of non-Hispanic students.

     Two school administrators said they intend to meet with teachers to discuss strategies when staff members return in August.

     For full coverage of this story, check the Friday, July 19, edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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