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Testing: Chromebooks saved the day

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What starts on April 1 and doesn’t end until June 3?

It’s testing! It lasts a long time, and almost nobody cares for it.

“I hate testing,” freshman Amanda Luis said. “I don’t like how it’s early in the morning.”

The spring testing season is a long one. First come the second year of the reading FSAs for grades 6-10 and the math FSA for grades 6-8.

DSCN4507Next up is the science FCAT for the eighth-graders. After that come standardized EOCs for algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, biology, U.S. history and civics.

Added to the mix are Advanced Placement exams for students in AP courses in psychology, European history, U.S. history, biology, government, language, macro economics and world history.

Everyone in grades 6-10 takes the Star reading and math tests. Last but not least are the local EOCs and the high school finals.

This year, Chromebooks came to the rescue, allowing testing coordinator Pattie Forcier to move fewer students and teachers around to get the job done.

“I like the Chromebook; I’m pro-Chromebook,” Forcier said.

The daily schedule and classroom changes don’t bother some students as much as others. And even the tests aren’t so bad, sophomore Derek Brown said.

“I don’t mind them,” Derek said, “because I get to get out of class.”

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