Would you like fries with that?

When the No Child Left Behind law was passed, it generated multiple tests associated with it that attempted to evaluate student intelligence, including, no doubt, the Work Keys test.

After taking the test with my fellow seniors recently, I can say the Work Keys test has four basic parts: easy, easier, easiest and oh, wow, is this first grade again?

One of the questions on this test related closely to ‘If you have thirty dollars and buy a candy bar for 1.30 what should your change be?’ The answer is simple math; anyone with a brain can do that.

“It was a waste of my valuable life,” said senior Sammy Walters.

We are seniors in high school. Is this really a way to test our readiness for the “real” world? Work Keys questions our intelligence as almost mature adults.

“We are all now dumber because of this test,” said senior Kaley Genther. “The only good thing that came out of it is that we can all now get jobs.”

So what’s the real reason we take these tests? Is it a time filler? A joke set on us by President Bush? Or maybe it’s just another lame excuse for an “educational” experience?

Sources here at school tell us we take this test so we can be prepared for the workforce. So, obviously filling in a multiple choice scantron is going to help my future career as a journalist. I think not.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s an insult to our knowledge as 12th graders. If you can’t locate a total items number on the bottom of a page then you seriously need to reconsider graduating this spring.

The Work Keys test should be renamed the “would you like fries with that?” test.

It’s more a game of Where’s Waldo than it is a test of our readiness for the work force.


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