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The Truth Behind “Adversity” and What it Means for Irvine Students
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The Truth Behind “Adversity” and What it Means for Irvine Students

By NEHA BHARDWAJ Staff Writer The debate over how much a student’s background should influence college admissions is not a new one. In recent years, the link between background and admissions has been brought to the forefront of public interest and news, as seen with the 2014 Harvard lawsuit, in which Harvard was accused of...

Schedule adjusted for testing during the week of 03/04
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Schedule adjusted for testing during the week of 03/04

  By CATHERINE RHA Staff Writer   During the week of 3/04, the schedule will be adjusted to accommodate for administration of the PSAT 8/9, PACT, and CAST exams, as well as Senior Activity day. IUSD decided to administer the PACT this year in order to diversify testing opportunities for students, as an extension of...

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Shhh… we’re testing

By AKANKSHA SAH Opinion Editor Tests – it seems there is always one more to study for. Students are bogged down with assessments, mechanically going from one class to the next, thinking not of what they are learning, but of what they will be tested on. This ineffective system of learning is dismayingly prevalent throughout...

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Factors behind IUSD’s highest rank in Orange County

By ARIANA APOSTOL-DOOLEY Staff Writer Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) ranked the highest in Orange County for its achievements in both Math and English standardized testing. Last year, students from grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP). 77% of IUSD students met or exceeded expectations on...

In Defense of Smarter Balanced Testing
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In Defense of Smarter Balanced Testing

By BILL ZAN Staff Writer Smarter Balanced is the larger of the two federally funded Comprehensive Assessment Consortia. Although 46 states initially adopted Common Core standards this year, only 26 states will take a test produced by the two consortia: 17 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and 9 (plus the District of...

The “Aptitude” test
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The “Aptitude” test

The standardized testing industry is a lucrative business. College Board, which writes and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other tests, reported in its 2012 forum that the overall revenue of these tests was just over $705 million. Despite the high costs of standardized tests, millions of students worldwide take them in hopes of...