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Shhh...We're Rocking the Test (as usual)

Shh….We’re Rocking the Test (as usual)

This week we begin our annual testing season. A season that we typically rock! Someone in our school will test each week through the end of school. (ACT Aspire, AP, NWEA) As a K-12 school, this means our students need to be their best academically and behaviorally during the last month of school. Academically for their test score and behaviorally so as to not negatively impact another peer’s test score.
In a perfect world, our students, schools, districts, and teachers would not be measured by one test. Yes, as an English teacher I do realize that at least in Arkansas, students, schools, districts, and teachers a In a In a perfect world, our students, schools, districts, and teachers would not be measured by one test. Yes, as an English teacher I do realize that at least in Arkansas, students, schools, districts, and teachers are measured by not one, but indeed, by three separate tests. ACT Aspire measures English, Reading, and Writing. Science and Math only have one test. So, three-fifths of test accountability are ELA related. Hmmm, Perhaps ELA teachers should earn a separate salary for each test? Shhh. I try not to say that out loud!
So, what mindset should our students develop toward testing? Try these encouraging videos created by Hannah Hill.\

Best wishes on your testing season. It is a reality for all of us. Our responsibility is to empower them with the skills to do well on this test and in life which is but a series of tests both literal and figurative.


District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach, TPN Teacher Leader, and cradle United Methodist.


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