Kyron Birdine, a junior at Arlington High School, came home with a lesson he won’t soon forget: Don’t mess with the STAAR test.
“I was being a high school kid getting on Twitter,” he explained.
Using an iPod, he tweeted a photo of the word YOLO (“you only live once”) and a smiley face scribbled on the essay portion of the exam, along with this declaration: “I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness.”
He sent it to Arlington ISD and the Texas Education Agency.
The junior, who nearly has a 3.0 grade point average and a high score on the PSAT, will be graduating under TAKS testing standards, not STAAR.
“It wasn’t for a grade,” Kyron said. “Colleges don’t see it. It didn’t benefit my personal life at all.”
His Twitter post didn’t go unnoticed.