Monday, March 08, 2010

Test Caroling

The Maryland State Assessment tests are taking place this week in our school system for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and even though Caroline is still a bit young, she's aware of them. (Kind of bothers me what a big deal is made out of these standardized tests and standardized tests in general, but that's a whole other post.) Anyway, she said that today her class went and sang to the 5th graders who were getting ready for their first day of testing.

Caroline said they sang to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it...."

"If you're ready for the test clap your hands..."

"If you're going to use your brain stomp your feet....."

She couldn't remember the 3rd verse but she said that the older kids were very happy to see them. I can imagine - kindergartners are so cute. I thought it was a fun little thing to do to involve the kindy-kids and to add some levity to the 5th graders' day.


Erin said...
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Erin said...

I hear ya on the testing... especially the MSA's, because those aren't even for the KIDS, they are for the schools and the third and fifth graders spend the entire first part of the year doing nothing but preparing for them. It's nuts.

Anyway, yeah, Ben is totally aware of them too. Plus, because the specials teachers are proctoring I guess, his schedule is all wonky, with specials in the a.m. instead of in the afternoon.

Heather said...

They have shown that in districts where they do that kind of "pomp and circumstance" actually boosts scores!!!

Katie said...

I think that the kindy-kids should pay a visit to Congress and carol over there... saving the last line in particular, "if you're going to use your brain... ."

Erika said...

Yeah, especially when it comes to the No Child Left Behind Act. Ugh. Suck. (Oh and all that other stuff they can't get right.)