My last day in Ms. D's science class, the 7th graders had a test. (Which I mentioned several times over the 7 days, yet some still acted surprised when we got started. Deep sigh.)
Some special ed students take their tests in a different room. There are fewer distractions, they can get the supports they need, and some need extra time. I had a list of who was to go.
Jamal was ready to get started. Class had barely begun, and he wanted to go to the testing room right then. Fine by me. I gathered his materials, wrote his hall pass, and sent him on his way. It was 1:45.
I sent the other two students who were supposed to go out. Then, I got the rest of the class going on their tests--passed out, room silent, instructions given, etc. I did a walk around.
The phone rang.
The teacher manning the resource room called. (I've subbed for her before.) Jamal had just arrived. It was 2:00.
It is possible to get from the classroom to the resource room in 3-4 minutes when it's raining and the campus is crowded with students getting to their next class. (It's a large campus. Lots of students. The crowds do slow one a bit.) I know this because I've done it.
It does not take 15 minutes to go that distance when it's dry and the campus is mostly empty (all the students are in class).
I said to go ahead and let him take the test. Considering Jamal's general lack of effort, I highly doubted he had gone in search of test help.
At 2:30, Ms. K called to let me know she was sending Jamal back. It should take him a minute to arrive, she said. It took him four.
And then he told me he hadn't finished his test.
Silly boy. Extra time is given to students who need it, not students who wasted time they could have used for the test wandering who knows where.