STAR Test Prep
Every year before the STAR testing, students report to their rooms that they will be testing in where the teacher dusts off the old PowerPoint that is used every year and begins the lecture for why we need to do our best to go above and beyond expectations. The same tactics are used every year to try to convince students that they need to do their best on the STAR test for our school. Every year they show us slides of what your schedule could look like if you score in the below basic range and try to scare all of the students into working hard to prepare for the test because who really wants a schedule packed with extra English and math classes?
The bell schedules have already been modified for STAR prep as this is one of the last days to prepare and things will only get more bizarre as the week progresses. STAR testing begins on Thursday and ends on Tuesday. Thursday and Monday will feature odd numbered classes and Friday and Tuesday will feature even numbered classes. STAR testing will be held before all of the regular classes except on Thursday and Monday which will have students report to zero period before the test. This seems rather impractical since the school clearly wants us to have the best scores possible and something tells me that going to class before the test won’t help too much. It would seem that the best solution would be to hold testing at the normal time and then start off the normal day with zero period to encourage students to get more sleep and eat a good breakfast. However, the schedule is set and the testing dates are getting ever closer. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that our test results will have a great effect on our school and it is critical that we perform to the best of our abilities to continue to increase our school’s API in an attempt to reach our goal of breaking 800.