I'm a first year teacher, and while I've been worrying about the tests all year, I'm starting to panic because they're a week away. I feel like my kids aren't ready - but the problem is, I feel like they never will be!! The grade level has F's all over the place (we're departmentalized.) All of us are at our wits end with these kids. I am not blaming the kids, but I do want to point out that the 23 year vet on my team tells me this is her worst group yet. They are rowdy, immature, lazy, and....I don't need to say more. I can't bear the thought of half our kids failing...and if my hunch is right, that's where they're headed. I'm, just soooo thankful Im not in this alone, sortaspeak. All the teachers on my team are equally as concerned. I laid in bed from 10:30pm until 2:30am tossing and turning over these tests. The Science test in tomorrow, while Math and Reading is next week. I hope, hope, hope they pass. I really don't think I've worried over anything quite so much in my life. Something has to give...too much is riding on these stupid scores.