I usually steer clear of schools when they’re taking their annual spring exams, so I don’t have a good sense of what the atmosphere is like during these high-stakes periods.
Some schools, I hear, organize i-Pod giveaways and other gimmicks to motivate kids to show up and take the tests seriously. Last year, Mt. Diablo High School in Concord held a controversial assembly in which kids were grouped by ethnicity (and pumped up accordingly).
What’s the scoop this year? Has anyone spotted mistakes in the tests (no need to be specific …), or come up with an unusual way to convince students not to bubble in random letters? Is anyone sharpening pencils in their sleep?
Please share your stories with us.
image from EAWB’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons