SBAC leaves students dreaming of CAPT


Graphic by Julia Schorr ’16

Alison Morrison, Staff Writer

Ah, CAPT. Those pesky tests in mid-March that left sophomores drained while the rest of the school caught a few extra hours of sleep. I relished those days when the earliest I had to be in school was a lovely 10:40 a.m.

This year, CAPT was dropped in favor of the Smarter Balance Assessments, which juniors will take during class time. This means that I will be attending all of my classes as well.

Don’t get me wrong, if I were a sophomore, I’d much rather have the Smarter Balance tests. When sophomores were the only grade in the building during CAPT testing, Staples seemed like a deserted wasteland.

However, since it is the second semester of my senior year, I’m more partial to getting up at a nice 9:30 a.m., and rolling into class with coffee and breakfast.

What this also means for those of us who used to capitalize on the extra hours of sleep in the middle of March is that it’s going to be a long haul from February to April break. I used to count on those extra hours to get in that extra homework assignment that I was too busy to do the night before, or catch up on a TV show I missed.

I can understand the benefits from the school’s point of view. They no longer have to sacrifice that precious extra class time before the AP tests start at the beginning of May.

CAPT offered a fantastic two-week period where I was well-rested and happy. Now, March will just be another month where I trade jeans for sweatpants and consider myself lucky for getting to school in time to get a parking spot.