The fact that only 216 Glendale High School students took the
Scholastic Assessment Test last fall has district officials wondering
what went wrong.
The number of Glendale High seniors who took the college entrance
exam in fall 2001 dropped by 114 from the previous year, when 330
students took the exam.
Reports show 49% of the school’s seniors took the SAT in 2000-01,
and 36% took the exam in 2001-02, according to Deputy Supt. Joann
“I don’t want to minimize this, because the drop is on our radar
screen. If there is a trend developing, we will have to dig deeper to
fix it,” Merrick said.
District reports show that numbers of test takers rose by four at
Crescenta Valley High School and by 72 at Clark Magnet High School.
The number of test takers at Hoover High School dropped by 22.
Glendale High Co-principal Mike Livingston said a slightly lower
enrollment could have been a factor.
But Glendale High’s student population dropped only slightly, from
3,363 in 2000-01 to 3,338 in 2001-02, according to district reports.
“We’re just not real sure what happened. I am dumbfounded, because
we encourage kids to take the SAT,” Livingston said. “We did have a
lot of students who qualified for state schools, but many chose to go
to [Glendale Community College] or other community colleges for their
first two years instead.”
Assistant Principal Michele Doll said the drop might have been the
result of more students taking the ACT college entrance exam instead
of the SAT. Glendale High counselors encouraged students to take the
ACT in 2001-02, Doll said.
The ACT plays a bigger role in admission into East Coast and
Midwest colleges and universities, but the California State
University system does accept both the SAT and the ACT, Doll said.
“We have career and counseling centers that post information on
the test and six counselors who go into classrooms regularly,” Doll
said. “We have seen higher test scores on the [California High School
Exit Exam] and [Advanced Placement] course exams.”