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Educator Louise Losos, PhD, EdS, has worked in public schools for more than two decades, most recently as principal of Clayton High School in St. Louis, Missouri. During her tenure at Clayton High, which Newsweek ranked as the top school in the state, she implemented critical programs and improvements. Among her achievements, Louise Losos facilitated the construction of a three-story science and technology addition for the school.

In the 21st century, technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of both adults and children. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the home, where computers and other Internet-enabled devices are most prevalent. Businesses often feature similar levels of connectivity, as do institutions of higher learning. However, many primary and secondary school environments have not kept pace with the growth and development of computer and communications technology.

Numerous studies have shown that technology, when properly and thoroughly integrated into the classroom, improves students’ learning processes and better prepares them for life outside of school. Curriculum-appropriate technologies empower students by providing them with better access to lessons and related materials, and extending their learning beyond the confines of the school building. Additional research suggests that technology-based curriculums help reduce dropout rates while supporting student development and achievement across multiple subject areas, including math, science, and reading.

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Louise Losos, the former principal of Clayton High School in Missouri, made a significant impact on the quality of education at the school. Clayton High School earned recognition as the top school in the State of Missouri in 2012, and she helped establish a 90 percent passing rate among students taking AP exams. Louise Losos also oversaw a renovation of Clayton High School that created an improved environment more conducive to learning.

As part of the renovation, a new three-story science and technology addition replaced the outdated science classrooms. Additionally, various other classroom spaces received updates for the purposes of flexibility, and the theater, which also functions as the auditorium, acquired new updated equipment. The $35 million project increased storage capacity and energy efficiency for the school and included the addition of a two-story athletic building. Overall, the renovations to the high school provide the updated infrastructure that facilitates an elevated learning atmosphere for the students.

Louise Losos has worked to educate children for the past 20 years. A former high school principal, Louise Losos currently serves as the director of curriculum at Confluence Charter Schools in St. Louis, Missouri. As of 2013, Missouri ranked as the state with the fourth highest average SAT scores according to College Board, the organization that processes SAT results.

It is a common expectation that students seeking high scores on the AP, SAT, and ACT exams will sign up for additional tutoring outside of school time. Kaplan Test Prep, StudyPoint, Veritas Prep, and HSA Tutoring all offer tutoring programs dedicated to raising students’ exam scores, but their services come at a hefty price. Some families spend nearly $200 per session, while others pay $3,000 for weeks of tutoring in the months leading up to the tests.

After spending large amounts of money, some students receive test scores that are not impressive, even after multiple attempts. This begs the question, is the extra test preparation and expense worth it? According to a 2009 study conducted by the National Association of College Admission Counseling, SAT preparation courses raised reading scores by about 10 points and increased math scores by around 20 points. An extra 30 points on an exam with a 2400 high score may seem trivial, but it could make the difference between a good result and one that qualifies a student for an elite college. Test tutoring and prep may not work for all students, but it could prove to be a worthwhile investment for many students.