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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Standardized testing dehumanizes college applicants

Standardized testing dehumanizes college applicants

Anya Panday March 11, 2022

For years, the SAT and ACT have been a battle every high school junior has had to face. It was known to be the key to college admissions — a perfect score was sure to get you into any college of your...

Taking the ACT/SAT is not worth it

Taking the ACT/SAT is not worth it

Jordyn Deschamps March 2, 2022

Taking the ACT [American College Testing]/SAT [Scholastic Assessment Test], played a big role in hurting my mental health. I wished that I could have chosen to take the test, instead of being told to....

Standardized testing beneficial

Standardized testing beneficial

Sam Swisher May 16, 2021

Throughout my high school years, one of the most daunting aspects has been standardized testing. Whether it be the ACT, SAT or MCA, standardized testing is present throughout many students' time in school....

Juniors wait to enter the field house to take the ACT March 2. Many precautions were taken before and during the test to ensure a safer environment.

Juniors take ACT

Laniyah Thornton March 4, 2021

Preparing for large in-person events during a pandemic has entailed paying extra attention to detail, especially during the ACT, for test coordinator Jamie LaPray, this rang true as she proctored the ACT. “I...

The new app Vitals allows students to alert first responders with important information about themselves.

New testing policy gives students options

Maria Perez Barriga February 10, 2020

Taking effect in the 2020-2021 school year, the American College Testing company decided to allow students throughout the nation to retake individual portions of the test for a lower price, according to...

Junior Evie Gutzke completes a practice ACT reading test Jan. 28. All juniors will take the ACT at 8:20 a.m. Feb. 25 at the high school.

ACT free for juniors

Maria Perez Barriga February 6, 2020

Junior Ella Weinmann said the school offering a free ACT test for all students will create a higher college acceptance at Park. “I really appreciate (it)... I believe because you use the ACT to get...

Photo Illustration by Katie Hardie

ACT for juniors rescheduled to March

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff March 4, 2019

According to assistant testing coordinator Jami LaPray, the ACT test for juniors will take place March 12 at 8:20 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. LaPray said the date was changed because of the school cancellation...

Junior Jamie Sorenson studies for the ACT during his study hall. All Park juniors can take the ACT at school Feb. 20.

Math department plans test prep

Emma Leff January 10, 2019

According to math teacher Amanda Forsberg, as the ACT date for all juniors at Park quickly approaches, the math department is working to prepare students for the high-stakes test. “The last couple...

Junior Dayna Krause raises her voice about adding LGBTQ books to the school library during a GSA meeting in room B231.

GSA provides safe space

Ethan Meisler and Sofie Geretz December 10, 2018

According to junior and GSA co-president Anika Jamison, she joined the Gay Straight Alliance in order to positively change the school’s community. “I have been involved since the middle school,...

Senior Natalie Aune studies for the writing portion of the ACT. Many colleges recently dropped their ACT/SAT writing section requirement and now accept graded high school essays in its place.

Writing portion of ACT and SAT tests no longer required

Ethan Meisler October 9, 2018

According to the seniors’ guidance counselor Heidi Cosgrove, one reason colleges no longer require the ACT and SAT essay is due to the tests being fairly new and uninformative. “I think one of the...

Senior Gavin Carpentier signs a voter registration application during the national high school walkout last year on March 14. ACT SLP is leading a voter registration assembly Sept. 26 to encourage eligible seniors to register to vote for the elections in November.

Voter registration assembly to occur Sept. 26

Dani Orloff September 25, 2018

According to sophomore Gabe Kaplan, the senior class will attend a voter registration assembly during their advisory class Sept. 26. “We are going to be talking with the seniors about how to register,...

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