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Changes brought to middle school testing

Changes brought to middle school testing

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2008-2009 brought a change in how the Terra nova tests were administered at Norris Middle School.  Instead of jamming all the tests into two days of core class time, two entire school days were devoted to testing.  Day one the students were treated to a hot breakfast followed by a talk by motivational speaker Aaron Davis.  Mr. Davis emphasized the importance of doing your best and treating each other in an appropriate manner.  After the talk it was off to testing.  The end of day one featured several musical performances in a concert setting given by middle school students.  Day two testing started right away after again receiving a hot breakfast.  The end of day two testing was done!  The kids heard Mr. Bade speak about overcoming and dealing with adversity followed by a middle school favorite “station break”. Each day there were built in brain breaks that featured snacks and trivia questions about Norris staff and students.  In the days following eighth grade students were surveyed in their PACE class regarding the new testing schedule.  The following are just a few of the results of the 22 question survey:Q. I liked the way the testing schedule was this year compared to last year.  Longer breaks and no electives.129 - Agree1 - Disagree5 - No opinionQ. I enjoyed the speaker125 - Agree1 - Disagree9 - No opinionQ. The one thing I will remember most about the speaker is...42- Words do hurt13- If teachers get on your case it is because they care7- Middle school is easy do your work34- There is a difference between friendships and fakeships39- I control my decisionsQ. I enjoyed the musical performances79 - Agree27 - Disagree29 - No opinionQ. I honestly gave my best effort on all tests125 - Yes11 - NoQ. I ran out of time on at least one test.3 - Yes133 - NoQ. How do you think you will score on the Terra Nova compared to last year?105 - Better5 - Worse26 - The sameQ. I felt I was adequately prepared for the science section of the Terra Nova test70 - Agree34 - Disagree31 - Not SureQ. I felt I was adequately prepared for the Language Arts sections of the Terra Nova test108 - Agree12 - Disagree15 - Not SureQ. I felt I was adequately prepared for the mathematics sections of the Terra Nova test115 - Agree6 - Disagree15 - Not SureQ. I felt I was adequately prepared for the social studies section of the Terra Nova test100 - Agree8 - Disagree28 - Not Sure