I USUALLY WRITE MY OWN SITE MESSAGES, BUT AS WE HAVE ALL BEEN AWARE OF THE "RAGING DEBATES" ON STATE TESTING, I WAS GIVEN THIS LETTER (WRITTEN BY AN UNKNOWN TEACHER)THAT TRULY SUMS UP A TRUE TEACHER'S SENTIMENTS (EVEN AMIDST THE NEED TO HAVE "DATA"):
My Dearest Students,
Soon you will take your State Exams in Math and Reading. I know how hard you have worked and know that you will do your very best on each answer. But, there is something very important that you must know: The State Exam does not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way I do. And, certainly not the way your family and friends do.
Those who make the test do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dance. They do not know those of you whose friends count on you to be there for them. They don’t know those who brighten the darkest day with a smile or friendly word. They don’t know that you are shy and your face blushes when you feel that way. They do not know that you love sports, wonder about the future, or help your little brother or sister every day, after school. They do know your attributes of kindness, thoughtfulness, trustworthiness. They do not know that you try, every day, to be your best!
The scores you get from the State Exam will tell you’re your parents, and me something about you. But, they will not tell us everything. There are many ways of being smart and, have no doubt, you are smart! You have what it takes to be enough in this world. You are the light that brightens the day for someone around you, often me! So, while you are preparing for and taking the test, do your best. But, remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things at are YOU!