Testing in 'da halls
This is end-of-year test week for high school students at CMS. The so-called "EOC" tests score progress in English, Math, Science and History. Students receive a score ranging from one to four, with levels three and four showing proficiency. A leadership class at Phillip O. Berry Academy is trying to lighten the stress of the test week with a rap video airing on the school's news broadcast. "Go and take your time and don't be rushing," chants a male student. "Low scores, are simply not allowed. Got and get a high score so your parents can be proud." "Don't get a 2, what would Kanye do?" adds a female student. Click here to watch the students' rap video. Hip-hop is also a testing theme at West Charlotte High, here physical science students have been preparing for the EOC with 15 rap songs their teacher wrote to help them remember equations, formulas and definitions. The EOC tests are required by the state at the end of each school year. In 2008, CMS high schools ranged from 43 percent of students with proficient scores at Garinger to 90 percent at Ardrey Kell.