Summer programs, internships, portfolio intensives, summer jobs, mentorship programs, unstructured time to creating new work...How can a student with a creative practice take advantage of the approaching summer vacation to its fullest? How can students get a head start on their portfolio, so as not to overwhelmed come Fall?
Why my family is opting out of the Common Core (great article in today's latimes)
Sixteen consecutive years of the state's standardized testing are now under my belt, all of them spent covering the accountability program as a journalist, as well as having one or more of my three children filling in bubbles in public school for the annual assessments. And on the 17th year, the last spring that I have a student scheduled for testing, it's time for a rest.
My 16-year-old daughter is in standardized-test burnout mode, and to a lesser extent, so am I. Juniors are the only ones taking the test in high school this year in California; they start this week at her school. Eleventh grade also happens to be a big year for all kinds of tests. The PSAT. The SAT. The SAT 2 subject tests: three of them. There was a brief winter flirtation with the ACT. And next month, four Advanced Placement tests.