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Raccoon Jr. High Language Teacher Ashley Adams (LEFT) dances among 8th grade students during the rally.

Raccoon Students Expected to Rock The ISAT Test

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

As area grade schoolers mentally prepare themselves for next weeks ISAT test--the last in state history--Raccoon School students will be going in to the test with a little extra vigor. Students gathered in the Raccoon Gymnasium for the "Rock the Test" concert and rally on Friday, and the room was filled with energy as teachers and students alike danced and sang in an attempt to get pumped up ahead of next weeks test.

Teachers dressed in ridiculous, 80's style rocker costumes entered the gymnasium as they lipsang to Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll". Students screamed and howled as the 3rd grade class, ready to take the test for the first time, ran through the smoke-machine filled gym.

Local musicians Chris Watkins, Jacob Turner, and Shannon Elder entertained the crowd of Kindergarten through 8th grade students with test-themed original renditions of songs like Green Day's "When I Come Around" and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds".

8th grade students created paper torches that were "passed" to the 3rd grade class, as the 8th graders prepare for their final ISAT rounds and the 3rd graders gear up for their first time taking the test.

It's the second year in a row students have rocked before the ISAT test, and Raccoon Superintendent Matt Renaud it's been effective in giving students a positive frame-of-mind before the standardized test.

Next week marks the final ISAT test that will ever be issued to Illinois students. Next year, the common core standardized PARK assessment will be used in place of the ISATs.

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