I have always assumed that there should be no talking during tests, and usually, I can enforce that. This year, however, two of my 7th grade classes seem to think that is the craziest idea ever. In one class, I had a couple of kids who had a lot of trouble with this. Each time, I would end up taking away their tests, calling home, and letting them take the test after school. Finally, that class seems to be getting the concept, but now another class is resisting. I am talking about the kids who can't seem to resist just random remarks or singing, plus the ones who are whispering but keep insisting that they just had to ask someone for an eraser or a new pen or whatever, and then the ones who start a big argument trying to stick up for their friends whose tests I have just taken away. Don't you think that seventh graders could be quiet for 20 minutes to take a test?