April 8, 2013

And Now We Wait

Well, my friends, today was the day. My students are officially finished with the ELA portion of the LEAP test.

Everybody let out a big sigh with me!

It feels so good to have that behind us! As with Phase 1 (the writing portion), my students reported that the test was sooo easy. I just hope those comments aren't coming from a false sense of confidence. They do have a tendency to think everything is easy until they get back their scores. I'm optimistic, though, that this time, it comes from a place of preparation. We've been working so hard on our practice tests and review work over the past few weeks. I saw huge improvements through the use of exit tickets.

And I'm oh-so-glad we had our irony lesson last week because I'm told it was on the test. One of my students said he immediately began singing the song in his head! haha!

So, now the waiting game begins. Student scores are available the day after we finish for the year. Their scores here (along with their grades, of course) determine their ability to walk in our graduation ceremony. Those that didn't make the cut will have another chance to prove themselves in summer school (which I am not teaching).

I'm probably just as nervous about these scores as my students since their scores will impact my overall effectiveness rating for the first time in my teaching career.


There's no sense in worrying about what I cannot control. So, I'm going to enjoy these last few weeks with my kiddos without the stress of this huge test looming over us.

But I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! ;)


  1. Congrats on being done with THE day! I noticed you gave the LEAP test today. I didn't give it but talked to some of my 8th graders who felt like it was EASY. I asked if their constructed response questions were easier or harder than mine, and they all replied EASIER, to which I breathed a huge sigh of relief! :)
    I'm Lovin Lit

    1. Yeah, this is exactly what my kiddos said. We dissected the practice test that was released from the state for content and testing strategies. I don't think there were any surprises. The only complaint I heard all day was, "They gave us the most boring topics to read about!" haha