Well, that type of testing too -- but we're doing the TAKS test. State mandated tests, some for Exit Level, some for NCLB.
First of all who ever came up with the idea of giving teenagers an untimed test needs to be shot. Though today wasn't too bad. I think I finished directions at 9:15 and I believe the first test was turned in around 1:00. That's for the "hardest" of the tests -- 11th grade Math.
But here's the deal. I was supposed to be the test administrator's go-fer. I didn't really want to do it but decided I didn't want to make a fuss. I ran a few errands for him at 7:30, then opened the lab for my early kids, then kicked them out and started running errands again at 8:30. Well my first errand was to go get a missing test proctor. When I got back and reported that she said she wasn't supposed to test today, they said, yeah we figured that out and you're replacing her.
This at 8:40 and we are supposed to start at 8:40. They got someone to carry the materials upstairs for me, I ran by my room to pick up my directions, and I got going by 8:45. This is a tough test because not only do you have to keep up with tests and answer sheets, but you have to keep up with graphing calculators. Never my favorite thing.
I get everything started, start watching the kiddos and take my first break. Come back to find the state test monitor in the room (argh!), and am followed in by one of our runners who needs the money for lunch. Whoops -- I forgot to collect money for lunch. (Hey, not bad), and they needed $2.90. I handled $3.00 to the runner without taking my eyes off the kids (okay, I had to look down twice), the whole time the monitor is watching.
Oh, and because surely we have to be cheating, proctors have to keep their eyes on the students at all time. We're supposed to talk around but the room I was in was so tight, I can take maybe 5 steps max. Oh and then my phone starts vibrating and vibrating. I forgot to turn it off.
So finally the monitor leaves -- and the phone stops buzzing but now the pump is buzzing. Check blood sugar and I'm at 290!
My high was a 341. But it finally started dropping.
I never got sick -- like I did on Monday -- another story, and made it without getting the munchies.
I talked to a union rep afterwards -- and in the future I need to be insistant that I have a set schedule and it not be changed without a 2 hour notice. It's for THEIR benefit as much as mine -- if they "kill" a proctor, it will be hard to replace one.
At least it ended well.