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My school is in the middle of three weeks of mandatory end of instruction tests.  EOI as they are known in these here parts.  Is Oklahoma the only state where “end” of instruction tests are given 6 weeks before the end of school?  Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

I was the test administrator yesterday for some of the kids taking the U.S. History test.  This test is given online and there are two parts.  Each part is to take approximately 60 minutes.

I walked the kids through the login process and read the test instructions, verbatim from the book (don’t want to lose my license you know).  Told the kids to begin and noted the time, 8:21.

At 8:47 all 20 kids were done.

Read the instructions for the second part.  One of the sample questions the answers were, and I kid you not, A. F, B. G, C. H, or D, K.  I mean really, I thought for a second I was in the middle of a Saturday Night Live skit.


Started the second part, which again is supposed to take 60 minutes, at 8:53.  All 20 kids were done this time at 9:11.

Do you think, perhaps, that the kids realize that the tests mean absolutely nothing to them.  No grade,  doesn’t affect their graduation, nothing.  The tests will determine whether or not our school gets taken over by the state, it could determine whether or not the teacher keeps their job, it will sure as hell make the newspaper how bad our school is, but personal responsibility for the kid…  nope.

E I E I O.


One Comment

  1. Try your neighbor Arkansas. The end of the course are in March.

    And like you, our tests don’t matter to the students except for school implemented things, like a benchmark period which is a free period if you scored right on the testing at one school or after school tutoring if you didn’t at another.

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