So how's this for pathetic planning? Every year, 11th grade students take the California State University EAP (Early Admissions Program) test is comprised of the English (a 45 minute timed writing exam and about a dozen multiple choice questions) and math (about a dozen multiple choice questions). The timed writing is administered in their English class during February/Marc and the multiple choice questions are tacked onto the CST (California Standards Test) which students used to take in April when the CST was typically given. This year, there is no longer a CST, so the students were allotted two days this coming week, Wednesday and Thursday, to take the EAP. I was shocked when I discovered this on Thursday, since I figured blocking off half the day for each test was overkill, since there were only about a dozen questions in each discipline to answer. As it turns out, the California State University system won't assess any EAP that is not attached to a completed CST, so on Wednesday and Thursday, five school days before final exams, the students in 11th grade must complete the entire CST. No teachers were told and neither were students until Friday. I had long ago planned lessons for those days, but they are now out the window. I'm disappointed that the school, district, and/or state, whomever it was that is responsible for this, has done this seemingly out of nowhere.