Dear Omar

Dear Omar,

Can I let you in on a secret? I hate standardized testing almost as much as you do.

For teachers, MAP testing is a logistical and emotional nightmare. Shouldering the stress of 102 preteens who want to prove that they are smarter than an often-ambiguous test is nerve-wracking. Battling 34 computers in various states of reliability with chargers and extension cords everywhere is enough to drive a teacher mad.

“What’s this word?”

I can’t tell you that. It’s a reading test.

“The “M” key is missing. I can’t type my answer.”

It’s right here. Press this divot in the keyboard.

“My internet isn’t working.”

Have you tried hitting the refresh button?

“My computer just crashed.”

Why isn’t the charger plugged in?

“I’m distracted. Nelson is breathing real loud.”

Despite all the frustrations and the grueling three-hour testing blocks, today was an incredible day. You had the second highest growth in the entire 6th grade: 22 points in 5 months. Elisa grew 19, Angelique 21, and Keenan grew 39 points.

I am ridiculously proud of you. In fact, I am especially proud of you. Keenan exhibited more growth, yes, but he told me that he didn’t put forth his best effort on the fall assessment, so his amount of growth is a little inflated. I have watched you pour your energy into these exams and into class every day without fail. Your growth is impressive, but not astonishing. Your growth is an accurate reflection of your hard work and effort.

Hard work pays off, and you should be very proud of yourself. Keep up the good work!

All my love,

-Ms. Jackson

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