I wanted to give my students some credit because recently we had our round of standardized tests. In Ohio, sophomores take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). I have three classes of sophomores and we prepared for three straight weeks for this test. The students didn't love it but they were diligent in their preparations. It was tedious for them and me. Well, the results are in. Out of the three classes everyone passed except one student who barely missed. He'll pass the next time. That's 55 out of 56. I'm proud of them and I'm relieve for them. They don't have to test again. I'm not a fan of these tests not because I disagree with tests. I don't like that they are written by people other than teachers. Some of the language is so stilted I spend time teaching the vocabulary of the tests rather than the concepts they need to know.
Additionally, my Advanced Placement students took the AP US history test today. After talking to them they feel they killed it. We spent a lot of time reviewing and studying together to get it done. They were very confident they beat the test to death. BOOM!
Sometimes it good to be a teacher.