Every Idaho high school student now must test to graduate
Eric Fink explains. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The SAT is one of the most dreaded acronyms in the English language.
And, now high schools across the state are required to administer the test to every junior in the spring at your expense.
In 2007, the Idaho Board of Education required high school students to take a standardized college-entrance exam in order to graduate. The mandate is beginning with the class of 2013.
The SAT will cost idaho taxpayers nearly $1 million each year.
It's a hefty pricetag for an exam that isn't required to be admitted to one of Idaho's major public universities.
The national college board says the SAT helps guide students and their families onto a path towards higher education.
"What it really allows schools to do is to help students ensure their future and to help them think about going to college," College Board Vice President Jim Montoya said.
But, the thought of going to college is far from the minds of some students and now others are mandating those students to take a test.
Idaho Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGath will benefit every type of student's future.
"Wether it's a degree, a certificate or some form of education after high school they're going to need it to be successful," McGrath said.
The question still remains is the SAT the best use of $900,000 of our taxpayer dollars?