State, local SAT data now available online

By Sarah Glenn

POCATELLO –– When it comes to reading and writing, high school students in Pocatello/Chubbuck District 25 outperformed the statewide average on the SAT. However, when it came to math, average student scores lagged behind.

The Idaho Department of Education this week released the performance summary for all SAT School Day test takers. The information summarizes the results of the 16,792 students who took the April 15 test. The data accounts for 196 schools, throughout 105 school districts, that participated in the SAT this spring. The SAT assesses students on critical reading, mathematics and writing skills.

Results are being made available district-by-district, displaying the number of test-takers as well as results for each individual subject area. Parents can access this data by visiting this website.

Statewide, the average score in critical reading was 449. The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District’s average score was 454. Although higher than the statewide average, local high school students still fall 43 points below the national average for critical reading. The national average, according to CollegeBoard was 497.

When it came to writing skills, the statewide average score was 448. Pocatello/Chubbuck teens fared slightly better with an average score of 452. However, again, the state and district fall short of national averages. The most recent national average for the writing skills section of the SAT was 487.

Local teens fell below both state and national averages when it came to mathematics acumen. Statewide, Idaho teens scored an average of 455 on the math section of the test. In Pocatello/Chubbuck, the average score was 446. The most recent national average for mathematics was 513, according to CollegeBoard.

When parents and teachers delve into the data, it is important to note that in districts or schools with fewer test takers, the mean score may fluctuate greatly year to year, as a single test taker can skew results significantly, much more than a single student would in a large population sample size.

The SAT was administered on April 15 and assesses a number of skill categories within critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills. For example, within mathematics students are assessed on number and operations, algebra and functions, as well as geometry and measures.

The SAT Senior Make-Up Day will be held on Nov. 7 and additional information will be made available to school districts at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The Idaho State Department of Education received feedback from 140 school districts, of which 84 districts chose to have the SAT School Day on April 12, 2016.

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