The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

ISAT Testing – Day Four

And we are done! Woo woo! After four days, eight sessions, hundreds of multiple-choice questions, half a dozen short- or extended-response questions, and close to 9 hours (including instructions and prep time), my fourth graders are done with the Illinois Standards Achievement Test forever!

(Next year the state is using a new test, PARCC, for assessments, so ISATs are gone.)

We had two test sessions today, and both were on for science. Fourth grade is the only class that is tested on three subjects. All the other grades (at least in elementary schools) are tested on just two: reading and mathematics. Both test sessions went smoothly and everyone finished within the time given.

I wore another one of my motivational-message shirts today. This one is all about ability, motivation, and change, and has this quote from Lou Holtz printed on the back: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” I hope this is a message that my students will hear again and again and again throughout their lives. It is one of those quotes that I would love to get printed on a poster to hang in the classroom.

My students demonstrated this week that they have the ability, the motivation, and the attitude to succeed! Regardless of the final scores they get, all of them worked hard and did the very best they could, which is all that really matters to me. Some of the test questions covered material that is not part of our fourth grade progress report. Some of the test questions weren’t even part of the current K-5 standards our district is using in preparation for the official roll-out of the Common Core State Standards. But my students tried their very best and for that, I am very proud.

We will be celebrating tomorrow with fun activities in the morning and a movie celebration in the afternoon. Then it is just one more week before Spring Break! Woo!


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