Published: Apr 10, 2012 5:28 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A Lee County school is using song and dance, and an NFL star, to get their students ready for next week's FCAT.

Fort Myers Middle Academy held a "prep rally" Tuesday to get the kids fired up about the test. The teachers surprised the students with a flash mob, but the kids had a chance to perform, too. The idea was to get them in good spirits and boost their confidence before the all important FCAT.

Cape Coral native and Philidelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen stopped by to speak to the group about how the importance of focusing on school work from an early age.

The school's step team performed with their peers cheering them on.

All Lee County schools have been preparing for this exam for weeks and Fort Myers Middle administration say they wanted to give the kids a chance to take a mental break before gearing up for two weeks of testing. The test this year is going to be even tougher to pass. In December, the Florida Board of Education raised the passing grades for the statewide assessment exam.

Students will start testing on Monday..