They’re silent. At least they got that much out of this. You can’t talk during a test, plain and simple. Even the slightest sniffle or throat clearing will be treated with suspicion.
Some of them are looking back to the passages – maybe they’ll pull it out. Sure, I know no one expects good grades on this year’s tests. But maybe, just maybe, these kids will pull off a shocker.
Or…maybe they know “What Good Test Taking Looks Like,” so they’re turning back, putting pencil to chin in a thinking pose, and underlining.
But I see in their faces that nothing here makes sense. The words are too long and too many. The questions are too boring and too many.
But they try. They’re too young to realize that, while the test is hard for many their age, it’s even harder for them.
What are they learning from this experience? You gotta fake it ’til you make it.
But with tests like these determining who’s smart and who’s stupid, how could they ever make it?