Post values and problem with Value in form

I am trying to pass data from a legacy application in flash to a form in Drupal 8.

When I try to set the value of a field in the form , it does nothing with it. I am using this as a test so I can POST a value from flash and add it to a field in the form. This is part of the php

public function getFormId() {
    return 'details_form';

$test = '123';

 public function buildForm(array $form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

 $form['participant_school'] = array(
      '#type' => 'textfield',
      '#title' => t('Fantastic School:'),
      '#value' =>$test,


$values = array(

'participant_school' => $test,


 $insert = db_insert('mytable')
		-> fields(array(
'school' => $values['participant_school'],

any guidance is very much appreciated

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