What APs Really Mean

Hello everybody! I hope you are all doing well!

So AP exams are fast approaching, and I am scared out of my mind. I’ve spent all year preparing for these and all I can keep thinking is that I should have started studying sooner. As I am consumed with stress, I looked back at this year. When I signed up for my AP classes I knew they were going to be a lot of work, but I didn’t think I was signing up for THIS much. I mean there are good things that came with being in an AP class, but sometimes it is hard to see that through the piles of homework I have. I love learning these facts and other things and being able to use them and talk to others about them. I enjoy learning…to a degree. AP classes sometimes take learning over that degree. At the point where you are up until midnight doing homework because you have APs coming, homework from your AP classes, and homework form everything else, I can’t seem to see the light at the end of the AP tunnel. Aren’t AP classes supposed to teach us things more in depth so we can go out in the world and use them? Well with all of the work I have, I don’t see much of the world. I always looked at people who stay in all the time to do homework as weird and nerdy, but it looks like I have become one of those people.

With all that being said, I am still taking AP classes next more…I am even taking one more than this year. Sound masochistic? It probably is, but I am looking at all the benefits that I will get from taking these classes. I won’t have to take them college, so that frees my time there. And then there is the fact, that like I said before, I do like to learn. I also love the people in my AP classes. Sometimes people that are in regular classes don’t want to learn and it is distracting to those who do.

I can proudly say that I am an AP student. I like others being proud of me because of the things I am doing. Like anything, APs have their ups and downs, I guess it is just up to each person on what to do.

-Navy Blue Dress

Just Keep Testing, Just Keep Testing!

Hello everyone. Hope its all well wherever you are.

This past week all the the juniors at my school to the Smarter Balance Assesment (the one that will replace the STAR test, because of common core). The testing was done over two days and we used chromebooks instead of the traditional pencil and paper. When the testing started, I wasn’t exactly excited. With all the other tests and other things being done for school at the moment, one more being added wasn’t happily accepted. I did like the testing being done on computers because writing long answers went faster. Though, they made us write long answers for math questions as well as English. Do we really need to explain how we got a certain answer to a math question? Either we know how to get the right answer and we got it or we don’t.

To say simply, I did not like the test, but if its in place of the STAR test I think I prefer one to the other. What I want to know is why the STAR testing was not good enough for common core?

Do any of you know? If so please do tell. And if you have an opinion on this please do tell.

-Navy Blue Dress

Why so many tests?

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Hello everyone! How are you all? Right now I am drowning in homework and stress and all these tests aren’t making it any easier.

My  school, for the first time in a very long time, is not taking the STAR tests. Just as I was getting excited about this, I found out that all juniors have to take at least part of it anyway. We have to do the EAP (Early Assessment Program) that is at the end of it. It consists of some English questions, an essay, and some math questions. Basically the purpose of this, is so kids going to certain colleges don’t have to take the entrance exam to determine what English and what math class they will go into. Honestly, I don’t get the point of having every junior take it. Why not just let the kids who are going to the colleges where it is required take it when the colleges serve it, instead of having all the students take it?

Then there is this other test that we are taking that I am sure has a math part and it might have a English part; I am not sure exactly what it’s name is, though I do know it is part of this whole common core thing (which I hate). This is the first year that they are having juniors take it, and we even did a practice one in math. Yeah, that sounds great, but really it just made everyone feel really dumb. Luckily though they are using this test to compare  scores by different years and since this is the first year that it is being administered they have nothing to compare us to. Sorry the juniors of next year.

Then there is the SATs (did you hear about all the changes they are doing to that test), the ACTs, APs, and college applications. To sum it all up: Junior year is not fun. When did I agree to this?

If you wanted to read about all the SAT changes here is the link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/living/sat-test-changes-schools/index.html (to get to the specifics of how the tests will change you have to scroll down a bit)

-Navy Blue Dress