In music classes at Lowell Community Charter Public School, the tune of "Feliz Navidad" becomes "The MCAS Song."
Instead of wishing you a merry Christmas, students sing, "We're gonna fill in all the little bubbles ...," learning the process of taking the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams.
"Everything we do supports academic progress," said Head of School Kathy Egmont.
When not singing test-prep tunes, students in music classes sometimes sing their multiplication tables, Egmont said. Art classes teach them about lines and measurement.
The school's scores on the 2013 MCAS are an indication this approach is paying off, school officials say.