The Southerner

Q&A with Jesse Hagopian: Speaking out against high stakes testing

April 2, 2015

The South High Southerner recently got the chance to talk to anti-standardized testing leader Jesse Hagopian. Hagopian visited the Twin Cities to speak at Macalester College, but also stopped by South High’s own auditorium to...

Lack of clarity in letter from Department of Education leads to confusion

Emma Pederson, Staff Writer

November 11, 2014

Students who opted out of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) last year recently received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) saying they weren’t on track to graduate. Although it may be true...

Standardized testing unfairly judges students

Laura Turner, Business and Distribution Manager

April 29, 2014

By senior year, everyone knows what it’s like to sharpen their No.2 pencils, silence their cell phones, and sit for hours on end bubbling, reading, figuring, and rushing to finish before the proctor declares “Time.” The...

Media emphasis on test scores is harmful

Priyanka Zylstra, South Senior

March 12, 2014

Letter to the Editor, I felt uncomfortable reading articles from the Southerner and on the MPS website regarding standardized testing. Recently, the impressive perfect ACT score of a South student has been praised, and it shou...

Test accomodation process intimidating to students

Anna Schwartz, Staff Writer

May 28, 2013

Spring signals the start of standardized testing at South, as students get swamped by the SAT, ACT and AP tests. Most students feel the stress of the various tests near the end of the year, but some have more of a challenge tha...