Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

09 Feb 2002, 14:16 p.m.

I done took the CBEST. Oakland Technical High School…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I done took the CBEST. Oakland Technical High School featured quite a mix of young, old, male, female, and many ethnicities, many carrying two to five new-looking #2 pencils (which reminds me of the old sexual euphemism "sharpen a pencil," which someone had to explain to me back in sixth grade--Lisa Hedricks, who's now a mother, I think).

I saw Marie Adams, of Tokay High School fame, who attends Mills College in Oakland and now intends to teach for a living. That, plus filtering through masses of humanity in the halls, made me feel as though I might be late for P.E.

The front cover of the test booklet contained a copyright notice.

Test Secure
The information contained in this document is confidential and proprietary. Discussion, copying, or disclosure by any other means of any part of this material is strictly prohibited.

But we didn't sign the little things, even though I saw a "signature" line beneath the notice. Hmmm. So can I tell you that the three portions of the CBEST test readin', ritin', & 'rithmetic? Maybe I'll even reveal an essay topic! *gasp*