Yes! The STAAR exams are over and students feel as though all their troubles for the school year are over. Oops! Nobody told students about the upcoming final exams. Students are now in a frantic state, trying to study in time for these major test grades. Although the STAAR test is the test that students find the most important, it counts for the state and there still needs to be a district issued final exam or project.
In some classes the ‘Final’ is in the form of a project that counts for majority of the students’ grades. In 8th grade U.S. History, students that have Mrs. Bonds have to read the book “Across Five Aprils” by Irene Hunt and do a project the proves that the student read and understood the book. There are also some classes that are participating in technology based projects, but some are sticking to a good old fashioned test.
Students in Spanish 1B are preparing for the EOC in their class. The students aren’t the only ones preparing though. Ms. Rodriguez is printing out page after page of study guides and reviews to reinforce what these students have been studying for these past two years. Ms. Rodriguez says, “What I have been doing in these classes is showing them how easy the EOC will be if they work for it, so I’ve given them worksheets for them to work on and practice on in preparation.”
Spanish isn’t the only class having a good old pencil and paper test. Math teachers are working hard to fit in every last bit of information they can before the students take these exams. Mrs. Hughes, an Algebra teacher, is trying to show her students that a good work ethic will be beneficial and that going over you test will prevent silly mistakes.
Whether you’re going to do a project, presentation, or paper test, you should listen to students such as James Syler (8). James Syler (8) says, “I’m just going to study and try my hardest during the finals.”