By: Bella Workman
On March 16th, there is going to be a new test heading towards the seventh grade, a science K-PREP test. This is a “practice run” test for the real new version of the science section of the K-PREP state testing, which has been developing for over three years. Susan Anderson, seventh grade life science teacher, said, “This is going to be used to evaluate where possible errors were in the new test. The only different thing about this test is the time we are giving it and we will not get the results back since it is a practice.”
This test may also lead the teachers to have to change how they teach their curriculum. Based on the questions that are asked, the teachers may need to adjust what and how they teach their content. These test results are very important to the school and the students.
After taking the new test, the students had some time to reflect on the test and what their overall thoughts were. Carissa Armstrong, seventh grader, said, “This test seemed less stressful because this test was separate from the actual K-PREP testing. I also felt like I had heard of most of the questions that were given.” Also, Isaac Surrey, seventh grader, said, “I thought the test was not as challenging as I thought it would’ve been, I felt like I knew the what the questions were asking and only didn’t know a few.”
Overall, the new addition to the seventh-grade testing content has had a successful test-run. Brian Allesandro, seventh grade language arts teacher, said, “When the test was given, the students handled it very well and they seemed like they knew many of the answers. They have great science teachers to teach them everything they need to know.” Next year, this test’s scores will be counted as part of the state testing. Hopefully this test run will prepare the teachers for next year!