Georgia whips up interest in federal NAEP test with help of “Watch Me” (Whip/Nae Nae) star

The state Department of Education turned to DeKalb recording sensation Silento to persuade Georgia students taking the NAEP test to try their best on it, even though it doesn’t count toward class grades.

A graduate of Redan High School, Silento, 19, is a rapper and songwriter who shot to fame with his debut single “Watch Me” (Whip/Nae Nae.) His real name is Ricky Lamar Hawk.

DOE deserves kudos for seeing the potential of “Nae, Nae” and “NAEP, NAEP,” an idea advanced by the fact someone in the agency knew Silento’s aunt.

A sampling of students from every state take the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is used to chart how well American schools are faring over time.

Paper-and-pencil assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading,science, writing, the arts, civics, economics,geography, U.S. history, and in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL). However, this year NAEP will begin administering digitally based assessments (DBA) for mathematics, reading, and writing, with additional subjects added in 2018 and 2019.

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Inasmuch as celebrities seem to be employed successfully in marketing unneeded commodities to our kids, maybe celebrities can be used to market Education to those of our kids who don't appreciate its value. Let's hope that our folks at GaDOE are onto something. 


Cute kids plus a catchy song that will equal zero impact on the test. Maybe I'm just getting old and grouchy, but I can't see any student watching that video and suddenly being inspired to be serious about a test that doesn't count.

Do away with all this unnecessary testing. Have the kids take the ITBS every year and then the SAT or ACT during high school. These tests will let us know how well Georgia students are performing. The results won't be pretty.