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By the Book

Marie Hogan

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features

When White House chief of staff John Kelly said that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War” in an interview with Fox News on October 30, he caused an uproar. To some, his statements were blatantly false; to others, any other historical interpretation would’ve seemed a mischaracterizati...

CAHSEE Suspended for Three Years

CAHSEE Suspended for Three Years

Kate Finn

November 5, 2015


Filed under News

California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 172 on October 7, which allows students who completed all graduation requirements but failed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to receive diplomas.  The bill takes effect in January 2016, and suspends the test until the 2018-2019 school y...

Smarter Balance Test Cancelled

Smarter Balance Test Cancelled

Holly Parkin

April 22, 2014


Filed under Featured, News

According to an email sent to faculty by the Tam administration on April 1, the Smarter Balance testing pilot will no longer take place this spring. As previously reported, there will also be no special STAR test schedule this year. Sophomores are scheduled to take only the science STAR test during the...

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

Smarter Balance Testing to Take Place in April

Sarah Asch

February 13, 2014


Filed under News

Juniors this year will participate in a pilot of the Smarter Balance standardized test created in compliance with Common Core standards, as previously reported. The test, which has been scheduled for April 8 and 9, will either be in English or math. “It’s a pilot year so we don’t get any of the...

Common Core Standards Replace STAR Testing

Common Core Standards Replace STAR Testing

Holly Parkin

December 16, 2013


Filed under News

In connection with new Common Core standards, a standardized test called the Smarter Balanced test will be implemented at Tam in the 2014-2015 school year, replacing Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR). The STAR test will be replaced at all grade levels, however, at high school level, the new test...

Common Core Standards Implemented at Tam

Common Core Standards Implemented at Tam

Isaac Cohen

October 3, 2013


Filed under News

New educational standards, dubbed Common Core, are changing the way English and math are taught across the U.S. and the Tamalpais Union High School district. In 2010, the widespread adoption of the Common Core Standards by 45 states went largely unnoticed by Tam students and parents. It is just beginning...

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