Is using standardized testing an sensible practice?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors apply to college through an increasingly selective process. In order to gain acceptance into the most prestigious colleges, students must demonstrate str...
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CAASPP testing incentivized

Paly juniors will be taking the two-day California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests from after lunch to 3:30 p.m. on March 25 and 26. This year, Paly admin is taking new steps to in...

Students should explore more test prep options

In today’s vicious dog-eat-dog academic environment, college admissions are more competitive than ever. As acceptance rates drop and more and more competent students apply, the workload of the average student skyrockets. Students stack on extracurricular after...
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How to study for a test

There is no better academic feeling (except for college acceptances) than receiving an APUSH quiz back to see a 12/12. On the other hand, there is no worse feeling than getting a math test back to see that even...
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Smarter Balanced sparks test reform

In response to the extremely low turnout for the Smarter Balanced and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests the last week of April, Palo Alto High School administrators are considering making drastic ...