Thursday, March 14, 2013

Best response to a standardized test ever

This week my daughter and millions of other students across the United States are taking their ERBs. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the ERB, which stands for Educational Records Bureau (as opposed to Epic Rap Battles), it is a series of really boring, pointless standardized tests designed to assess students knowledge of basic subject matter.

Today also happens to be National Pi Day, as in 3.14. And so when my daughter finished her ERB test with time to spare (perhaps a little too much time to spare), she composed the following note, written on the last page of her ERB test booklet. (Click on the image to get a larger view.)

For those of you who, like me, can no longer read tiny print or up close, here is what she wrote:
THIS must be PAINFULLY BORING for you, even though you are getting paid and I am NOT. So here's a piece of pie because it's Pi Day. My favorite flavor is probably pumpkin with LOTS of cinnamon. :-) How about you? I hope this made your day a LITTLE better, or at least a bit more enjoyable. Remember, you're special. :-) xoxo, Abby  P.S. I wasted 15 minutes on this. Go me. :-O
While I know I should be horrified, or at least slightly appalled, I think it's great. It is ridiculous the number of standardized tests students, at least in my state, have to take, year after year. And they waste time that could be spent actually learning something.

So, yes, you go, Abby. I love you.


Anonymous said...

Go A-three-O!!!

Betty Cracker said...

Your kid has an excellent sense of humor, mad drawing skillz and the ability to use the correct forms of "you're" and "your" in a sentence. Nope, nothing to be horrified or appalled by there, at all. 100% awesomeness!

J. said...

Thanks for the kind words and support, Betty.

Anonymous said...

The apple has not fallen far from the tree.

Anna said...

You go grrrlll! Love the bubble writing!


lindaroo said...

What a clever girl.

In addition to all BC pointed out, the spacing and artistry show it was executed with a plan. Metacognition is all the rage in education these days.

Give each other a pat on the back!