National SAT scores drop
What’s the true cause behind the decline?
By Jorie Schwab, Talon staff writer
Last year national average SAT scores plummeted six points to 1500, one of the lowest scores ever recorded, according to a report by the College Board.
The national average for writing was 489, a two point drop from 2010, the national average for mathematics was 514, a one point drop from 2010, and the national average for critical reading was 497, a three point drop from 2011.
At Minnehaha Academy the average for the SAT was 1819, 319 more points than the average American student.
The cause of this drastic difference may be the teachers, or it may be individual studying.
“Studying can be inaccurate,” senior Allie Thomas said, “while you can always rely on teachers for correct answers.”
But not everybody agrees with Thomas. Some think that studying is more influential to your SAT score.
“ [When you study] you’re focusing on what you need to do, not the whole classroom.” junior Maria Matthias said.