SAT scores across the Blaine County School District dipped to four-year lows in 2019, but remained narrowly ahead of state averages as Idaho saw an even starker drop, according to preliminary data released on Monday by the State Department of Education from its free “SAT School Day” this spring.
One a scale of 800, Juniors in the BCSD’s three high schools averaged 492 in “evidence-based reading and writing,” long called “verbal,” and 486 in math. Their overall score of 978 was two-points higher than the state mean score of 976. Statewide, test-takers averaged 496 in reading and 480 in math.
Locally, reading and writing dipped 11 points off last year’s mark, a decline of about 2 percent; math scores increased by 3 points—less than 1 percent.
But the 2019 scores mark the lowest figure the since the College Board, which administers the test, reconfigured its format in 2016. That year, Blaine County students averaged 517 in language and 509 in math—50 points higher than this time around, nearly 5 percent.
The College Board classifies a score of 480 in English and 530 in math as “college ready,” meaning students who reach those marks have a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in a first-semester, full-credit college class.
Fewer than one in three test takers met both benchmarks in Blaine County; nearly half met neither. Both are slightly worse than the statewide figures.
For more on this story, check Wednesday’s edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.