Today was the day for our state testing administrator training. I am fortunate to work at a school with an experienced staff. We refer to ourselves as “veteran.” No teacher is new to test administration. For some, the two test administrator training sessions each year (for two rounds of testing) are a familiar and necessary evil.
In step the best administrators ever! Our session today began with a Shake ‘n’ Bake event for the entire staff. Not chicken that’s been shaken in a bag then baked (if you’re old enough, “And I helped” in a thick southern accent is now on autoplay). Oh, no. Our administrators were manning blenders to make us milkshakes and offering a table full of cookies and cupcakes. On the screen was a picture of the infamous pair from Talladega Nights.
Once everyone had been served and those not involved in testing had left, the training began. Five minutes early. You have to love administrators who are respectful of your time!
The training covered all of the essentials. Questions were answered and the seriousness of knowing and following all of the rules was stressed. We all got it. But we also got a chuckle from the memes on each slide. The mood in the room was lightened and the training went from drudgery to almost fun.
“I don’t always read, but when I do, I read the testing manual.” You can bet I will. I’ve been treated with respect and entertained. I’ll do my part!