Students Use Art to Mark End of FCAT Testing
All FCAT testing is finished for North Central Florida students after several months and subjects were covered. While most parents and teachers marked the occasion with a sigh of relief, one group of students turned the FCAT into art.
Fifth graders at Norton Elementary in northwest Gainesville took used FCAT workbooks and some masking tape to create sculptures. Some were self-explanatory, others a little more abstract. While students take an artistic approach to commemorate the end of testing, parents said they're just glad it's over.
"Children seem to be a little more relaxed than the parents I think in a lot of cases," said Sandra Gillis.
"The stress was before the test. After the test and during the test they find out that it's easier," said Jose Hurtado.
18,000 Alachua County students took the FCAT. The district expects to send back 25 to 30 pallets of completed testing materials for grading in Tallahassee next week.
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