Testing FAILS!!

The past three days I have been testing various students who need a small group. 

Usually it is pretty uneventful, except for the bird that flew into the transformer last year and knocked out the power, resulting in students losing their test answers on the computer and having to start over!

Well, this year has been quite eventful!  Here is the low-down on the fails we have had!

Monday ~ My room is usually the Arctic!  I could wear a ski mask in the dead of summer, but I don't complain because if they fix it, it becomes the swampy bayou of Louisiana.  Well, Monday, it felt like Louisiana, not the North Pole!  Come to find out that the maintenance men got the go ahead to clean the furnace ALL day during testing!  That means turning off the chiller and pumping out air through a fan.   {Our manual says that rooms must be well-ventilated and comfortable.}   That is fine when you have windows to open!  My room and the computer lab had NO windows to open.  It was HOT!  Plus, throughout the day,  I heard men walking on the roof over my room.  Talk about craziness!

Tuesday ~ We had a huge storm come through on Tuesday morning with a lot of rain.  Something about rain causes the district's server to act sketchy.  Well, no doubt about it, it was sketchy!  We had no Internet in the morning, so we lost a testing session.  Now that all of our tests are computer based, the Internet is a necessity!

Wednesday ~ For some reason, the maintenance men thought it might be fun to walk on our tin roof again today!  Not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times I heard them walking on the roof and saw my walls shake!  The students in my room even made the comment that it was distracting!

Needless to say, we have gotten many of our tests out of the way and still have a long way to go! 

Hopefully none of you will have these epic fails during testing, and I hope that ours are over!

Have you had any testing issues at your school?  Leave a comment with your crazy story! 


  1. You poor thing!!! Sounds like it's been a ROUGH week!! Prayers for it to get better :)

    My two testing fails this year:
    1.) They mowed the school lawn during testing, while our air was broke so windows were open! SOOOO LOUD! Even my kids were rolling their eyes.

    2.) A kid puked on his test. Yes, ON it! So I had to put gloves on, bag it, and send it in. YUCK!!!

    Gotta love testing :)


  2. Haha! Sorry your room was so uncomfortable Monday. These kinds of situations make it so hard for already stressed students to focus. Hope that the rest of your testing window goes more smoothly!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  3. Uggg... testing is a stressful situation anyway! I hope it didn't impact the students TOO much and that everyone did well!

    My Kinder-Garden

  4. I hope the rest of your testing gets better:)
    JD's Rockin' Readers


Leave a comment, tell me your thoughts!