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AP exams persist through pandemic, not in students’ best interest

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Entering my junior year, I already had the month of May marked on my calendar. Starting in September, I began to learn content that would eventually be crammed into an hour long AP test. However, as the coronavirus swept across the world, the manner in which the AP tests are now being given is n...

Students consider impacts of new AP exam format

Although the AP U.S. History test, for example, traditionally takes over two hours and consists of multiple sections, the 2020 AP test will be 45 minutes long and consist of free response questions. The original test had to be modified due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lyah Muktavaram ’22 and Anastasia Thumser ’22

April 15, 2020

Underclassmen display mixed feelings over recent PSAT testing

With the PSATs coming up, students try their best to study using the student guide that was given out during the connections period.

Shira Zeiberg '22 and Tori Wilson '22

March 10, 2020

Underclassman express opinions about PSAT

Jake Ment ’22 imitates taking the PSAT which took place on March 4 and 5. Upperclassmen got to come in late both days so freshmen and sophomores could take the test.

Lily Caplan '22 and Lucy Zuckerman '22

March 10, 2020

Freshmen participate in first mandatory PSAT9

Freshmen participate in first mandatory PSAT9

Roxy Augeri ’20 and Allie D’Angelo ’20

April 2, 2019

Stop shoving tests down our throats

Stop shoving tests down our throats

September 18, 2018

By Maya Brodows ’20   It’s early Saturday morning. Many people of the town remain blissfully asleep, whilst others enjoy the start to a great weekend. Some are playing with their young children, others are flipping pancakes. Yet, for juniors across the country, Saturdays have beco...

Implementing final projects instead of exams will decrease stress levels

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

June 12, 2018

By Chelsea Fox '19 The end of the year is always a stressful time for students and teachers. With summer only a couple weeks away, I feel like I am always being ambushed with work in the days leading up to finals. However, when teachers opt to give us projects instead of exams, it relieves a large a...

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...

Juniors Pilot New Test

Juniors Pilot New Test

Andrea Frost, Features Editor

May 7, 2013

Throughout the weeks of May 6 and 13, juniors will be participating in a pilot test that is associated with the Common Core States Standard. Juniors will be randomly selected by the school to take the pilot Math and Writing sections for the new test that will replace CAPT in 2015. Frank Corbo, the K-...

The Best Test, ACTs vs. SATs

The Best Test, ACTs vs. SATs

May 4, 2011

A term well known to the Staples student body. A term that is dreaded by almost all students. This is the term that can define a students future within a matter of a several months. This term is better known as: standardized tests. As applications are being filled and college essays are being written, there is an undulating flow of sophomores and juniors communic...

To Test or Not to Test?

To Test or Not to Test?

April 15, 2011

On March 15 a drug ring of four men was arrested in Danbury after being accused of illegally selling marijuana and anabolic steroids. The major drug bust turned heads in the Fairfield Country area, not because of the jail time that awaits these men, but instead because of the ring’s possible clients, high school athletes. The alleged connection between the drug ring and local student...

Top Five Best Things About Staples

December 21, 2010

In the November 2008 issue of Connecticut Magazine, Staples High School was named the “#1 High School in the State.” While the ranking heavily depended on test scores, percentage of students that attend college, the amount participating in Advanced Placement classes, and various other statistics,...

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