Teachers Get Students Excited for Benchmark Exams


JACKSONVILLE, AR – “We hope the students will, rock the test!” say Susan McClain and Jessica Scott. Both are interventionists in math and literacy for Murrell Taylor Elementary School, a school that’s been classified by the state as a focus school.

“That means our scores are generally lower,” explains McClain.

They work with teachers and alongside students who may have had trouble with the state’s benchmark test in the past, but McClain and Scott have a different approach to learning.

They made a YouTube video with students to the tune of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” with the lyrics changed to reflect the benchmark exam.

“As an educator I just feel sometimes the fun is just taken out of education,” says Scott.

Doing well on tests these days requires more than having your pencils sharpened. These two believe you have to get the attention of students, and they work tirelessly at doing that.

“Testing can be stressful on our students,” McClain says. “This just eased their nerves and calmed them and will help them take the test Monday,” adds Scott.

They’ll do whatever it takes to see the school’s students do well.

“Bridge the achievement gap and get kids where they need to be,” says McClain.

Even if that means donning spandex and pink wigs along the way.

If you would like to see how schools across Arkansas stack up when it comes to Benchmark exam scores, click here.

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