Because standardized testing is, for many students, a high-pressure, high-stakes affair, some schools will take extreme steps to ensure that their students are as ready as possible. For some schools, that means spending a few months teaching students only material that will appear on the test, even if that means that students did not learn everything that they should have learned that year.
Creel Elementary School in Melbourne, Florida, found a unique way to give their students an extra edge. For the past 10 years, the school has given kids trail mix and “about three tablespoons” of Mountain Dew prior to the administration of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Unfortunately, the grandmother of one of the students complained about this and the Brevard County School administrators advised the school to “only provide water as a beverage.”
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