Horace Mann Elementary School kicked off testing season on Monday with flashing lights, pom-poms and energetic speeches meant to put a positive spin on an otherwise tense few weeks.
“This is a celebration,” said Mann Elementary Principal Rosa Alonso of the rally, which drew district administrators and local celebrities. “Our testing is our championship game and we are really getting the kids excited about showing what they know, and showing the world how smart they are.”
Horace Mann students are joining thousands of others — grades 2 through 11 — across Glendale Unified in taking the California Standards Tests, state-wide exams that assess proficiency in several subjects, including English, math, science and history.
The exams are a critical component of the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, designed to measure students’ academic progress. They also factor heavily in a school’s Academic Performance Index score, considered a summation of a site’s academic rigor.