I always know when they are coming

Discipline referrals soar

Teachers’ complaints and voices are louder

Some even break down, yelling or crying


The tests begin

Tension is still high

But it lowers all week

Until emotions are back to normal


But the scores are so important

That the rest of the year we re-teach

And re-test

So students have ample chance to do their best,


And then

Summer school if you still don’t pass

Doesn’t matter how you did in class

The test is everything

And nothing