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SBAC: A new kind of Test

SBAC: A new kind of Test

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

May 26, 2015

As I walked into the language lab for SBAC this morning, my expectation was for it to be an easy and short standardized test. What I found was a lengthy and challenging assessment unlike the review we had done in classes. Prior to SBAC, I thought that teachers did a solid job of preparing us for th...

Class of 2016 gets thrown an academic curveball

Class of 2016 gets thrown an academic curveball

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

April 6, 2015

I was fine with being in the Class of 2016 when we had to take CAPT. I didn’t mind being in the Class of 2016 when we had to write our research papers sophomore year. I was even fine with being in the Class of 2016 when we were only given one morning to sleep in instead of the customary two weeks. Then...

SBAC leaves students dreaming of CAPT

Graphic by Julia Schorr '16

Alison Morrison, Staff Writer

March 2, 2015

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...

Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments

Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments

Jimmy Ray Stagg, Web Sports Editor

May 30, 2014

Throughout high school, there’s a kind of stigma around complaints. The seniors reserve the right to refute any complaint, having “been there, done that.” Juniors can brush the comments off due to their struggles with APs, SATs and ACTs. Underclassmen have no rights of complaint, for fear of...

Sophomores prepare for CAPT

Sophomores prepare for CAPT

Grace McCarthy, Staff Writer

March 3, 2014

This year’s sophomore class is expected to take a double hit of standardized testing. Teachers are intensely preparing students; as this is the last grade to take CAPT tests, they aim to finish with a bang. As the month of March begins, sophomores are feeling the heat and the advice they are hearing over...

New test sparks mixed reactions

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

February 28, 2014

Next year, students in grades three through eight and 11 will take Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC), set to replace the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) in mathematics and English literacy. SBAC comes with many changes, but it also comes with concerns, staff said. One big change is that the t...

A Smarter Balance?

A Smarter Balance?

Nicole DeBlasi, Web A&E Editor

October 10, 2013

On Oct. 7, the Westport Board of Education met at Staples. One of the most pressing issues discussed was the implementation of a new standardized test called Smarter Balanced Assessments, which will replace CAPT and CMT. Smarter Balanced Assessments, unlike CAPT or CMT, will be taken on computers, beginning, tentat...

Alex & Grace’s Top Ten of 2010- What We Will Miss Most About Staples High School

June 23, 2010

Alex Nitkin and Grace Shay Class of 2010 1 - Fire drills, lockdowns and evacuations: Call them safety preparations or rude interruptions, but to us, they were wel-come breaks from tedious classes. Who doesn’t love having time outside, even if it is freezing cold? Most of all, we’ll miss tho...

Teaching To the Test Hinders Learning

March 28, 2010

Editorial When nearly 50 students voluntarily give up their entire Saturday to solve a  multifaceted situational problem— with no guarantee of success— it’s clear that the school they attend is doing something right. When more than 300 seniors clamor over five-week long job placements, that suc...

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

The PPSAT, taken by sophomores in mid-March is helpful in preparing for the PSATs and SATs

March 12, 2010

Monica Mula '10 Web Opinions Editor Each year around mid–March, the stress levels among the grades are drastically different. Sophomores have just finished the long weeks of CAPT testing, while all other grades have enjoyed weeks of sleeping in and feel well-rested and refreshed. Now comes the ti...

CAPT Testing Delayed Due to Lack of Test Booklets

Above, sophomores hard at work on their CAPT testing. The final day of testing, which was scheduled for March 11, has been postponed by a week. |Photo by Cole Manley '11.

March 10, 2010

On Thursday, March 11, at 7:45 a.m., Staples sophomores were scheduled to take their final CAPT test- Interdisciplinary Writing Session III, a supplemental test.  Other students would not come in until 10:20 a.m., when first period was to start. However, at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, the Staples High School admin...

CAPT Day Three


March 4, 2010

Inside CAPT room 2032, sophomores took the Interdisciplinary Writing, Session II test on the third day of testing. Meanwhile, freshmen, juniors and seniors enjoyed a later start to the school day. CAPT will continue into next week for three more days....

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