Port City Notebook

News, views and random observations around Alexandria

Archive for December 2014

How are SOL tests changing?

By my rough calculation, my daughters, who are currently juniors at T.C., will have taken around 45 high-stakes exams—Standards of Learning (SOLs), Advanced Placement (AP) exams, SAT and ACT college entrance exams, and SAT II subject tests—by the time they leave Alexandria City Public Schools. Throw in a couple of PSATs and an SAT/ACT practice combo test and the total is nearly 50. (By contrast, when I was their age, […]

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Should T.C. Offer Honors History and English?

By Lisa Jacobs, guest blogger ACPS created an Honors Review Committee which met several times during the fall to discuss honors courses in the middle and high schools.  The committee recommended several changes to the middle school honors class expectations and descriptions in the 2014-2015 Program of Studies, which were incorporated into the proposed 2015-2016 Program of Studies. View the agenda (see #17). Several other proposals–including the creation of honors […]

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