From the article:
In the popular imagination, testing season in American public schools is a time of anxiety, tension, and boredom for students and teachers alike; a time when learning stops and “drill and kill” test prep begins. But if you had walked into my classroom this time last year, you’d have witnessed something a bit different: A small group of students giggling over biology charades, a different group creating a Smartboard quiz game about weather systems to share with the class, and yet another conducting a review experiment on the conservation of mass.
We were busily readying ourselves for the North Carolina 5th Grade Science End-of-Grade assessment, but the mood was far from somber. My students had worked hard all year, and they were invested in showing off that hard work on test day. I took for granted the importance of giving my students an opportunity to study for their exams, just as I had always given myself time to review before any big test I took in school. Far from anxious, tense, or bored, the energy in my classroom during testing season was urgent, calm, and engaged.