Typewriter Rodeo: STAAR Testing (Again)

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By David FruchterApril 5, 2019 11:31 am,

Students across Texas are prepping for the statewide standardized test known as the STAAR. That was the inspiration for this poem.

STAAR Testing (requested by many)

bubbles and bubbles

and bubbles some more

number two pencil

with which them to score

a, b, or c, or all the above

it’s about money, when push comes to shove

’cause we need one more reason

to deny those in need

the funding to buy

even textbooks to read

if the kids don’t score high,

then the school is denied

certification or all sense of pride

no matter the factors, social, economic

these tests will exacerbate

in a manner not comic

but deadly serious

to generations still doomed

to be counted forever

the last in the room


Produced by Laura Rice