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Standardized testing helps for college but does not measure knowledge

Standardized testing helps for college but does not measure knowledge

Tiana Meador, Photographer

October 21, 2015

Standardized tests are something considered unnecessary for proficiency and success among many high school students because of how they are found to cause minimal, but in most cases zero, impact on final grades.  Little do students know, these ungraded tests play a large role in success prior...

No Child Left Behind leaves minorities deserted

No Child Left Behind leaves minorities deserted

Alexander Pavlicin, Advertising Editor

May 15, 2015

When it comes to educational standards, lawmakers can agree there are only so many ways to judge a school’s performance. There is a strong division, however, between how much standardized testing should influence a school’s performance versus individual teacher review. Minnesota lawmakers in p...

Stillwater Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores exercising fluidity

Seniors James Brennan and Alicia Tipcke are busy taking the MCA test. MCA test scores show the overall academic progress of the school and district.

Chase Lau

November 7, 2013

For years, District 834 has held MCA scores above state averages. However, with the threat of educational cuts brought on by the levy looming over the horizon, people are becoming worried that Stillwater’s above-average scores could begin to decline. Despite worries, however, scores this year have...

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