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Topeka school district makes rap video to promote testing

March 21, 2018


— Principals and leadership teams at a Topeka school district have released a rap music video in an attempt to get students excited about upcoming state assessments.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Topeka Unified School District 501 recently posted the video to the district's Facebook and YouTube accounts.

The video mimics the theme from the 1990s TV show "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and shows district officials rapping how students can succeed on annual tests.

District Senior Communications Specialist Jon DeMeo says he wrote some of the rap and recorded the voice-over for the video, which was shot in about three days. He thinks the video is "a fun way to get people interested and show a little personality."

The window for this year's tests is March 13 through April 24.


Bill Turner 1 month ago

I like the effort, but this is stupid. Have any of these people actually met the students they're trying to appeal to? This what dad thinks is cool, not what the kids think is cool (the clue is that it's a bunch of old white people trying to rap). You want to entice them? Bribery would be far more successful. Or tie it to something meaningful in their lives, like their GPA.

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