Phoebe Hearst teacher’s ‘Geek Squad’ to help others with new tests

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Phoebe Hearst Elementary School students are getting serious about the upcoming field test of the state’s Smarter Balanced assessments.

Students in grades 3-6 are working through the practice tests in simulated test-like environments. What makes this roll-out unique, is that teacher Peter Goul’s fifth grade class was trained to serve as mentors and trouble-shooters to all of the other classes.

Can’t figure out how to use the headphones? Goul’s “Geek Squad” is on it! Not sure how to increase the font size of the story? Fear not, the Geeksters have you covered!!

Students are feeling much more confident and excited about the new test format. They are testing out their new typing skills many have worked on this year, and they are enjoying the interactive nature of the practice tests. Who knew taking the test would be so fun?