Kids in my school worry most about the FCAT and semester tests. These tests make students have mini heart attacks because they think about them too much and study their pants off. Tests don’t keep your grades up; how much you improve keeps your grades up. Failing a test hurts your grade pretty bad.
The FCAT is really bad for kids over the 3rd grade. FCAT makes kids fail because the day before the test everybody is scared and they struggle with the test. If they fail, they have to go to summer school which is like probation because you can’t leave the school until you learn your lessons or whatever you did wrong on the FCAT.
Teachers should make study groups because some people don’t know that they are doing. Some kids just day dream all day and don’t learn anything. If you put two average kids in a group with two A students for two weeks, the average students would get smarter and smarter. They wouldn’t have time to day dream and would get better grades.
Tell your teachers about these ideas because they can really help kids with the FCAT and semester exams. These ideas could help F students.
By J.M., a middle school student