'Twas the night before STAR scores, when all through the school
The IT guy was stirring, he’s nobody’s fool
The envelopes were placed in mail cubbies with care
In hopes Jack O’Connell soon would be there
The teachers were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of new students danced in their heads
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a web page replaced since the one from last year
The layout was simple, a bit of a bore
I knew right away it had all the new scores
As rapid as PDFs, the courses they came
The Vice Principals knew every last one by name
“Now English! now Sum. Math! now Physics! and History!
On Bio!, on Geom! on EarthSci! and Chemistry!”
The reports were, as always, to be put on a shelf
I laughed when I saw them, in spite of myself
Some scores were up while others were down
Not worth the effort to work up a frown
IT guy said nothing but went right to work
Filled all the envelopes then turned with a jerk
And I heard a VP as he came into sight
Say “Check all your data; next year get it right!”
UPDATE: My "old school" ways have once again lead me astray. Back in the old days (2008), STAR results from the Spring administration were posted on the CDE's website by August 15. I know that seems like a long time, but that's a story for another post. It appears that that "ides of August" deadline was beginning to fit too tight. So the CDE has loosened its belt by two weeks. Don't look for results on the CDE's site until September 2. That's the word on the 'net, anyway.
Anyway, that's why I changed the title of the post.
UPDATE 2: OK, I changed it back. The results were only a day late, not a fortnight late.