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Scheduling Conflicts with SBAC Testing

By Booker Martin, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016

Last year, high schools in California introduced the newest iteration of standardized testing: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, also know as SBAC. The school’s primary issue with SBAC testing no longer revolves around...

Corporations are the Real Common Core Culprits

By Spencer Dembner, News Editor

May 2, 2016

It’s easy to forget that before the Common Core became the one thing everyone can agree to hate, it was the one thing everyone could agree on. Created in 2008 by a partnership of idealistic education reformers and the National...

Jim is Going to College: The Most Obnoxious Problem

By Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016

The prophetic column title is coming true! To begin – I got rejected from a big heap o’ colleges. Some of those were deserved, and some were dumb chance. But I also got into a few different places, and the same things can...

Taking Too Many AP Classes is Overrated

By Chris Dadok and Rachel Lu

May 2, 2016

Throughout the years, the intent of AP courses has changed dramatically. However, one constant remains the same — the content for AP level courses are meant to prepare students for college, and many colleges do accept high AP...

How to Handle Junior Prom at LAHS

By Emily Aoki and Jessica King

May 2, 2016

In past years, juniors have expressed disappointment at the lack of a junior prom, and Jordan Auerbach and his friends are no exception. Over the winter break, Jordan and his friends, juniors Cooper Cornell, Tyler Grant, Kyle...

AP Human Geography Diversifies Social Studies Department

By Savita Govind, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016

With already rigorous course options and limited choices, all students deserve the chance to study the world in a new light, from interpreting maps to using satellite images and aerial photographs. The AP Human Geography course...

Harvard is “Turning the Tide” — naively

By Spencer Dembner, News Editor

May 2, 2016

When it comes to shaking up the college process, there’s a new leader in town. Forget the Colleges that Change Lives, forget the Hidden Ivies, forget affordable public education. No, if you really want to be on the cutting edge,...

“Turning the Tide” on College Admissions

By Anisha Desai and Julia Santos

March 21, 2016

There is a possibility that community service, contributions to family life and accomplishments based on quality will be valued by college admissions just as much — or even more — than GPA, the number of AP or Honors classes...

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