We decided that the ultimate test image would include an answer sheet. Richard found one on the web. We wanted to have some action in the image so we decided to photograph a child filling in the the bubbles. We live in a majority African American city, in which the public schools are 97 percent African American. We decided to recruit one of our son’s friends and classmates.
Here is another attempt at making a pencil illustration. I like this one because of the shadow. I like the first one because it has a 2 on it, which identifies it more clearly as a pencil used for a standardized test. You may notice that this entry is tagged for the Building Website category as well as Photography. I am working steadily (OK, more like in fits and starts) toward getting my website fully functional. Come on over to see the newly published gallery on the photographs page. Click here and then click on photographs.
One of my freelance jobs is writing and designing a newsletter for our local chapter of Parents for Public Schools. This fall the head of the Jackson chapter wants the newsletter to help parents understand Mississippi’s new standardized tests. Richard and I have been playing around with images to illustrate the newsletter. Here is one. When I served as a test proctor last spring — when some questions for the new test were being tried out in the field — I was struck by how the only thing students were able to keep of their own during tests was their pencils.