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Changes coming to government and biology HSAs

The Maryland State Department of Education is in the process of changing the government High School Assessment (HSA) test and plans to phase out the biology HSA test next year.

Is College Board evil?

Sometime in the last fifty years or so, the idea of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, SAT tests and College Board as a whole, has been corrupted. The non-profit draws criticism in nearly every aspect of what it does, not the least of which is being a non-profit.

Class of 2016 SAT scores increase

The Montgomery Blair High School Class of 2016 raised its SAT score by five points from 2015. However, the Class of 2016's SAT participation rate dropped both in MCPS and at Blair, and the decrease was even greater among Hispanic/Latino students.

Testing our lives away

Just last week, The Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems, released the first comprehensive survey of testing.

PARCC Governing Board votes to shorten testing

In response to feedback from school districts participating in this year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, the PARCC governing board voted on May 20 to cut test length and simplify administrative procedures for the upcoming school year.

As PARCC testing approaches, teachers voice frustration

As Blair prepares for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests, Blair teachers expressed frustration and anger at a test they view as overly difficult, time-onsuming and representative of educational policies that delegitimize public education.

Around the school in 100 days

48,000 minutes. 800 hours. 100 days. Yes, ladies and gentleman, today, Thursday, Feb. 7, is the 100th day of school (feel free to hold the applause).

MCPS sets record high SAT scores

The MCPS class of 2012 set a record high average score on the SAT last year. However, Blair was one of six high schools whose scores did not improve.

Record number of MCPS students take ACT

On Aug. 28, MCPS reported that a record number of students took the American College Test (ACT) in Montgomery County last year.

The standardized testing snafu

Standardized testers have finally found the way to end cheating. Next fall, SAT and ACT test scores will be sent directly to students’ schools along with a picture of the test-taker.
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