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Students will do their best on tests

After months of preparation that began with the start of the school year, students will sit down for the first day of their high-stakes standardized tests.
Starting in grade three all the way through high school, students face tests that will gauge their comprehension of specific Grade Level Expectations. The stakes will be higher for some than for others — fourth- and eighth-graders won’t be able to move on to the next grade level if they don’t pass the LEAP. High school students must score well on the GEE in order to graduate.

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City's residents speaking out

Residents of Grambling expressed concern during two recent special-called meetings that no one knows exactly what city bank accounts look like at this point after more than a year of accounting problems plaguing their city. And with multiple court battles being waged between Mayor Martha Andrus, Grambling’s City Council and several city employees, some residents are worried the city might not be able to afford the fight.

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’Dogs make big strides

They could have easily had 20-plus wins.
Nearly half of those defeats (seven, to be exact) were decided by five or fewer points, including four by one or two points.
The Bulldogs went one game deeper into postseason action, too.
Eliminated after the first game of the Western Athletic Conference tournament the previous year, Tech halted Idaho 70-62 in this year’s opening round and then battled tough against host Nevada before losing 77-68.
A good indicator of a bright future is this fact, too: Tech won four of its last five and six of its last eight regular season games.

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Students ready to rock LEAP

“Sometimes students hear the word ‘test,’ and they think it’s something they can’t do,” said Carolyn Smith, one of the pep rally coordinators. “We’re having this to alleviate all the stress and tension the tests cause the students and let them know they can do anything.”
The LEAP, iLEAP and GEE exams are scheduled to run Wednesday-Friday and pick back up again April 6-7. Exam questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and constructed response, which is a higher order thinking problem where students are given credit for showing their work to get the answer.

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