The Urban Legend

Tensions rise between Urban’s teaching philosophy and the national popularity of AP testing

Score distributions of various AP tests nationally in 2018. Source: College Board. Infographic credit: Kian Nassre.

Kian Nassre, Web Editor

May 25, 2019

AP tests. The very phrase is uttered increasingly often due to their escalating role in the U.S. But while the Urban School of San Francisco may feel the pressure to conform to the increased presence of AP testing nationwide, it also feels the drive to preserve its depth-over-breadth teaching style. Advanced Pla...

Next generation of science class

Infographic of remembrance of Science 1 concepts at Urban, made by Kian Nassre.

Kian Nassre, Staff Writer

February 7, 2017

  The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS,) created in 2013 by 26 states, represents the consensus on scientific education of world-class scientists, the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The framework o...

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