A.F. low SAT scores are poor comparison between schools

Academy score not reflective of education, superintendent says

by Daniel Moore

Press Staff Writer

A low SAT score at the American Falls Academy highlights a larger concern about Idaho’s new policy to force all students to take the college entrance examination.

The academy, at 717, scored the lowest average SAT score in the state. All the other low-scoring schools, like the academy, were alternative high schools.

But it is not fair to compare a small alternative high school like the academy with the variety of schools across the state, said American Falls Superintendent Ron Bolinger.

The purpose of the alternative schools is to help all students graduate from high school, not necessarily pursue higher education. The SAT’s only purpose is to predict a student’s success in college, he said, and it is up for debate on how effective it really is.

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