The Slice of Life March Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Many slices have been written about standardized testing during this challenge. I am sure I do not have anything new to add. But this one is personal. This one comes from a mother's heart, not a teacher's.
Let me introduce you to a student. She took six standardized tests from 3rd through 8th grades. She passed them all, but scored a Pass+ only one time.
In high school she took a standardized test in order to graduate. She passed, but again, just average scores. She also took the SAT twice. Her scores were not high enough to qualify for several of the "big" scholarships.
What do these scores tell you about this student? Maybe she is about average?
Let me tell you a little more about this student that you won't see when looking at her standardized test score.
In middle school, she had a 3.9 GPA. That would be two A-s in three years. In high school, she had a 4.0, which included dual credit classes and AP classes, and she was valedictorian of her class. In college she had a 3.9. That would be a total of four A-'s in 11 years of school. The test didn't measure that.
She was a two sport athlete and was honored with many mental attitude and character awards. The test didn't measure that.
She received a DAR citizenship award in 8th grade and as a senior, which was voted on by her peers and her teachers. The test didn't measure that.
She is a hard worker who has an impeccable work ethic. The test didn't measure that.
She had a goal, and she worked her tail off day in and day out to reach it. I was there when she stayed up late into the night studying for a test, or a writing paper, or finishing a project until it was perfect. The test didn't measure that.
You see, this student is my daughter.
And she is going to be a teacher.
She will be a passionate teacher who cares about her students. She will be a teacher who will continue to reflect and to grow. She will be a teacher who will put in extra time to make her lessons and learning environment perfect. She will also be a coach who will teach her players life lessons on and off the court.
And once again, she will be faced with a test that doesn't measure that.
|And did I mention this was my daughter?|