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Posted at 3:34 PM ET, 04/23/2010

D.C. teachers: We can make your test rock

By Washington Post editors


We have to give it to E.L. Haynes Public Charter school administrators and teachers. They've put their cool cred on the line with a YouTube rap to encourage students preparing for standardize achievement tests.

Principal Eric Westendorf and staff members have recorded CASrock to the tune of Young Money's Bed Rock, WUSA 9 reports. (The CAS is short for the Comprehensive Assessment Systems.)

Teachers told WUSA that they wanted to motivate the students so they figured they would take one of the most popular songs out now and make it test worthy.

The video is said to be a hit with students. Watch it for yourself.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Achievement test, Education, School  
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Must be a black school.........has any white person ever heard of this clown Young Money? I guarantee you he's either in jail now or has an arrest recoed as long as your arm. I'd love to see the lyrics from the real song. Its probably filled with profanities and vulgarities just like most black songs. The principal should be fired for even knowing the song! What an embarrassment to the education system....I'd love to see the test scores at this school!

Posted by: msg8568 | April 23, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Considering that few kids today have any knowledge of, say, history, pre-"Baby Got Back," I fail to see any value beyond
TV-news-play in this juvenile "product."

Posted by: kinkysr | April 23, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Lame . . .and Insulting! Is this what michelle rhee meant by changing the "culture" of a school?

Posted by: schooletal | April 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

this school is one of the most diverse in the city and has some of the highest test scores. i bet the kids were really pumped to take the test.

http://elhaynes.org/results.html

Posted by: chica858 | April 23, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Young Money? Another great role model for black kids to look up to.......its so sad how they grow up glorifying thugs and criminals who are barely literate..it reminds of some DC school af ew years ago had some rap thug come and perform at the school prom! His lyrics are vile, profane...the usual stuff...and naturally he was a convicted felon.....yet the school administration thought it was o.k to invite someone like this...its easy to see why so many blacks fail to succeed.

Posted by: msg8568 | April 24, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The intelligent thing to do, people, would be to do a little homework BEFORE posting comments on subjects about which you have no knowledge. That way you won't come off sounding as ignorant as you do here. If you actually watched the video and listened to the words, you would find that there are instructions given to the kids for how to successfully approach the standardized test. The fact that it parodied a popular rap song is what is called effective, innovative education. No school has any influence over what kids listen to on the radio...that happens during non-school hours. If you can take a negative and turn it into a positive, you have achieved something, and E L Haynes has a laundry list of achievements, including some of the highest test scores of any DC school. Check it for yourself - www.elhaynes.org . Now you have kids walking around singing about being prepared for the DC-CAS, instead of what they were singing before. For you who pegged this school as a "Black" school, you could not be further from the truth, but what if if was? Would that somehow diminish it in your and people like your views? And for the record, the Principal had no knowledge of the song prior to making the video, which again, had you actually watched the WUSA 9 report, you would have discovered. Finally, the only thing glorified by the Principal, teachers and students of this school is giving and receiving a top-notch education that will rival ANY school, public or private. Check our test scores at the end of the year, and see if you will be running your mouths then. Signed a VERY PROUD E L Haynes parent.

Posted by: jirsmr | April 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

msg8568--
1. Young Money isn't the name of a person, it's the name of a group. Their debut album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Charts.

2. I looked up to see how the school's students (grades 3-6) performed on the 2009 DC CAS. Reading 65 percent proficient or advanced; math, 80 percent proficient or advanced.

You're just plain mean and dopey.

schooletel--

Michelle Rhee is not in charge of charter schools.

Posted by: gardyloo | April 24, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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