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Decline in CSAP attendance could taint Fairview's reputation

By Savarone Ammann in Opinion & Politics

The 2011 CSAP testing scores wowed the Fairview faculty and staff--and  not in a good way. In 2010, FHS had a 4% absentee rate that doubled to 8% in 2011. If students refuse to go to the test then it is a zero on their CSAP scores. No one enjoys CSAP's and they simply are not fun to go to, however, it is very important that we go. CSAP may not affect us as individuals but it does affect the school as a whole.

The problem is not that Fairview students are not smart.

“The lion's share of kids that didn’t take the test get A’s and B’s in those areas,” says Principal Donald Stensrud. The problem is not brilliance but rather laziness. Students miss CSAPs for a multitude of reasons. Stensrud believes that students may not attend because they are sick or have other significant issues. He also thinks that for a few students, it could be a form of protest against the test. Whatever the reasons are, it still hurts the school as a whole. Tests like ACTs that play a role on an individual level receive full attendance. Students are willing to go when it has to do with them, but they are not willing when it does not. Fairview has the highest average rate in the district of ACT scores with a 25.8 which is significantly impressive. “CSAP is about us, and it is collective,” says Principal Stensrud. If we rough it out and go to CSAP’s for only a week then it has a substantial impact on our school. Maybe drink some coffee to stay awake and alert before going, or bring a snack and water to eat on a break.

The CSAP scores affect our school in a variety of ways, and if we do not go it has a monumental effect on us in a negative way. It all plays out like dominoes. If we do not attend CSAPs, then our schools ratings and scores drop. Once this happens Fairview is not viewed as a school of excellence by colleges. This means graduating with a Fairview diploma does not hold the value that it normally would if we have low scores and a low rating. Keep Fairview’s rating high so we are continuously known as a school of excellence.

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