Children and teachers are finding that milestone testing becomes enjoyable with superheros and positivity.
The first day of Georgia’s End of Grade testing began at East Hall Middle School with students receiving encouraging notes from a teacher written on the sidewalk as they entered the building. Inside school, they found superheros in the hallways.
This isn’t the first time that faculty and staff turned the occasion of testing into a celebration. Last year the students walked on a red carpet of paper, and teachers cheered them as “rock stars.”
At this school, state-mandated testing is certainly not boring.
“First and foremost, what you want to do is have the teachers and all staff reassure the students that they’ve spent the entire year preparing for this,” said East Hall Middle School principal Kristin Finley. “We’re not asking them to do anything except show what they know. If the teachers are calm and positive, the students will follow that lead. But we do like to have fun.”