BALTIMORE (WJZ) — State testing for Maryland students is underway, including at one school that was part of a 2008 cheating scandal.

But as Weijia Jiang reports, students there are boosting spirits with a song that’s now an Internet sensation.

At George Washington Elementary in Baltimore, Mr. Borndavid McCraw’s fourth-grade class not only prepares for Maryland School Assessment Tests or MSA, but every morning, they deliver a message over the intercom to get all students pumped up to take them.  And the song is going viral! McCraw produced a music video and posted it on YouTube, where it’s gotten nearly 7,000 hits.

“We needed to build their confidence and I know in Baltimore we love rap music, so I chose the most popular song at the time,” McCraw said.

To the tune of rap hit “Black and Yellow,” the eight class members sing about getting a good night’s sleep, eating breakfast on test day, and, most of all, about having confidence.

“Every time I have pressure on the MSA, I start singing the song.  My pressure goes like I’m taking a regular test.  I try to do my best,” said Jawan James.

“When someone says MSA, I just start singing the song,” said Amarnae Smith.

The principal says colleagues from across the state are calling her to get a copy of the song. 

Students have three more days of testing left.

Comments (5)
  1. SMH says:

    Great idea…..I think it would be great for all students. However, how long will it take for them to get sued over the tune to the song????

    1. Atim Ant says:

      They wont because they’re not using it for profit.

    2. Tricia says:

      What a truly wonderful video to inspire the kids of Baltimore City Public Schools

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