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Junior students stand up against the SBAC

Junior students stand up against the SBAC

Emma Lederer, Staff Writer

June 3, 2015

Last week, eleventh-grade students were scheduled to take the much-discussed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. However, as the week approached, more and more students decided to opt out of the test. The number of participants in the “trial run” of this standardized test further decreased...

SBAC opt-out percentage swells

SBAC opt-out percentage swells

Molly Liebergall, Web News Editor

May 27, 2015

At 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a portion of the junior class sat down to their first round of SBAC while the rest congregated in the field house.  48% of Staples juniors chose to opt out of the testing. This is the first year Staples has decided to implement SBAC, and with it came a snag in student participation.  Assistant Principal Patrick...

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...

Suffering from Standardized Testing

Suffering from Standardized Testing

Kacey Hertan, Business Manager

May 26, 2015

Heading into the last quarter of junior year, I was feeling pretty relieved. I kept thinking to myself “I’m almost done!” The year notorious for perpetual stress is almost done, but boy was I wrong to relax. It’s not junior year that should be feared, it’s fourth quarter of junior year....

SBAC test administered to Class of 2016 in place of CAPT

SBAC test administered to Class of 2016 in place of CAPT

Justine Seligson, Photo Coordinator

April 7, 2015

Gone are the days when teachers assembled their classroom chairs into neat, distant rows so that sophomores could bubble in sheets while hoping for two things: that they would finish before time was called and that these two weeks of test-taking would go by more quickly. This year, a new test means that...

Students split on participation in new SBAC exam

Students split on participation in new SBAC exam

Kaila Finn, Web News Editor

April 7, 2015

After five years of formative assessments, collaboration and funding, the first Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing will take place at Staples from May 26 to May 29. While the topic of opting out has been broached by the Board of Education (BOE), many are still left with questions. The...

Clear up the testing confusion

April 7, 2015

SBAC is a test. It’s taken on the computer, and it’s for juniors. But what else do we know about it? Students know more about quantum mechanics, William Shakespeare’s personal life and the culture of Burma than they know about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. No one is giving us straig...

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...

Board of Education discusses SBAC testing and energy at meeting

Board of Education discusses SBAC testing and energy at meeting

Nicole DeBlasi, Web Managing Editor

March 13, 2015

On the night of March 9, the Westport Board of Education (BOE) convened in the Staples cafeteria to discuss various topics, such as clarifying some information regarding the Smarter Balance Assessments (SBAC) testing during announcements and to introduce a new energy savings plan by an engineering company ...

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...

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...

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