Idaho juniors showed little growth in the number of students who are considered college ready, based on scores from April’s SAT exam.
The number of students who scored at least 1550 points over all three sections of the exam — critical reading , math and writing — was 25 percent, up from 24 percent in 2013. A score of 1,550 indicates a student will likely do well in college, according to the College Board, which provides the test.
That number wasn’t available from the state when it released its SAT report on Friday Aug. 16.
Nearly 17,000 juniors took the exam, paid for by the state. Idaho requires juniors to take a college entrance exam as a way to encourage them to think about post secondary education opportunities and to assess their readiness.
Strong showing for Boise High: Boise High School led the six other largest high schools in the state on all three exams.
Average scores for Boise High were all higher than the 500 point benchmark set by the College Board for college readiness in each subject. None of the other schools, all of which have more than 400 students, had average scores which crossed the threshold.
Boise High’s scores:
-- Critical reading: 530
-- Math: 529
-- Writing: 502.
The other schools are: Eagle, Rocky Mountain and Mountain View high schools in West Ada School District; Capital and Borah high schools in Boise District and Vallivue High School.
The numbers of students taking Advanced Placement exams — tests based on college level courses students take in their junior and senior years — is an indication of the high school's rigor and contributes to higher SAT scores, said Don Coberly, Boise School District superintendent. More than 1,300 AP exams were taken at Boise High last year by 600 juniors and seniors.