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Junior students stand up against the SBAC

Junior students stand up against the SBAC
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...

SBAC opt-out percentage swells

SBAC opt-out percentage swells
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...

SBAC: A new kind of Test

SBAC: A new kind of Test
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...

Suffering from Standardized Testing

There are over 20 standardized testing prep books in my household alone.
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...

SBAC test administered to Class of 2016 in place of CAPT

SBAC test administered to Class of 2016 in place of CAPT
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...

Students split on participation in new SBAC exam

Students split on participation in new SBAC exam
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...

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...

Class of 2016 gets thrown an academic curveball

Class of 2016 gets thrown an academic curveball
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...

Board of Education discusses SBAC testing and energy at meeting

John Rice, a Partner from AKF Engineering, discusses with the board the the energy performance of a typical school and a high performance school.
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...

Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments

Sophomores overwhelmed by academic developments
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...

New test sparks mixed reactions

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....

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