Smithfield: Opinion

Your Letters: Here’s how to raise SAT scores

Her alma mater can do better

Your Oct. 17 article on SAT scores struck a nerve with me. As a Clayton High School graduate and current sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, I find it hard to hear that the average SAT score for CHS students has dropped 28 points from last year.

The SAT is a very important test when applying for colleges.

I know there are a lot of outstanding teachers at CHS. It’s sad that their hard work is not being reflected in the students’ test scores.

I think there is a simple solution for this issue.

Teachers’ curriculums are not allowing the classes to focus on the basic skills tested in the SAT.

While English classes are spending a lot of time analyzing and reading novels, the SAT does not focus on these skills. English classes, especially those taken prior to the SAT, should focus on mastering core grammar and reading-comprehension skills.

Simply allocating time each class period to review basic skills and learn study tips will benefit all students. Even if a student is not taking the SAT, it is still important to be strong in fundamental English categories.

The same goes with math. Most math questions on the SAT come from material learned in ninth and 10th grade. While upper-level math courses have their own curriculum, setting aside a small amount of class time each day to review basic skills can greatly improve scores.

In Johnston County, many schools have increased their average SAT score from last year. Princeton High’s score increased 40 points from last year, and Smithfield-Selma High had an average increase of 37 points.

I think Clayton High needs to take tips from the other Johnston County schools whose scores have increased over the years. CHS is a great school, and I want future students to preform their best on the SAT so that they can be successful in their college-application process.

Kayla Orringer