- One year our school was cited for a teacher having a glass of water on her desk–what this has to do with anything, I don’t know.
- Teachers are not allowed to eat mints or chew gum during the test. Huh?
- Last year a teacher was almost fired because students didn’t put their names on their test booklets–not the answer document, but the test booklet which is just going to be destroyed anyway.
- In coveted positions, teachers have accused one another of test impropriety to attempt to steal each other’s jobs (luckily, no one’s gunning for my job–special ed teacher in a low-income school).
And finally, I will leave you with the most ridiculous part of my day. I’m just going to copy this straight from the test booklet:
In case of a fire, bomb threat, or gas leak:
- Note the time
- Collect all test booklets and answer documents
- Place all materials in test box
- Escort students out of room
- Lock room
Am I the only one who sees a problem with this??? Anyone???
I’d like to see George W. hold my kids back while the sirens wail and I’m busy saying things like, "now, pass up your booklets, never mind the smoke."
All right. ‘Nuff said. You see where I’m coming from. Hope your day was a little less surreal.