>Testing, 1, 2, 3


State testing. Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam. Criterion Referenced Items. Rubrics. Fill in the bubble. Make sure you erase completely and make your new mark heavy and dark. Use only a number 2 pencil. Any questions? You have 40 minutes. Begin.

I teach online, and my students live all over the state of Wisconsin. Since we can’t expect all of them to come to us, we go to them for the required tests. I put on my test season sweatshirt (above) and get ready to go.

My destination: a hotel with conference room that will hold all of our area students. Two of my colleagues and I set up camp in our hotel rooms, including connection to the hotel wi-fi and an in-depth investigation of the in-room coffee makers.

I set out my clothes for the next day — casual, yet teacher-dressy — on the spare bed.

In the morning, students armed with number 2 pencils would be ready to attack their test booklets.

I hope they all remember that multiple choice items have only one answer, and they should make their marks heavy and dark.

And I sure hope I can forget this repetitive test proctor speech so it stops running through my head and invading my dreams at night!

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