Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Test Time

Last year at MSP time (that's WA state's standardized test taken every year starting in 3rd grade), Emma was nervous.  She lost sleep.  She was experiencing test anxiety.  As she was then only in 4th grade, Ryan and I told her this test wasn't even important- just more of a gauge of how her teachers are doing.  (Test anxiety in a 10 year old?  Not cool.  Not cool at all.  It's not as if this is the SAT or anything.  And it goes on for days.  Geez.)

Anyway, once the test was done, Emma came home saying she'd gotten all the questions right in the math section.  We told her great, and we were glad she'd tried her best.

Her MSP scores came home yesterday.  As it turns out, she was right.
 100% down the line.

Then the other side of the paper explained her scores to us.
Emma's score was 575 out of 575, "which is passing."  Ya think?  Wouldn't you think a perfect score would warrant something better than "passing"?  As in- oh. my. freaking. gosh.  That's amazing!!!!  Who does that?

Also, where did she get her math smarts?  I feel I am better in the "language arts" and I think Ryan is more of a "science" kind of guy, so....  math?  Who is going to help her with that?  Although according to this chart, she doesn't have a lot of room for improvement or growth.  Huh.  Now what?

(She did very well all the way around, in her reading and writing.  But perfect?  I am blown away.)

Ryan called a couple of people last night.  First, was the math coach at the high school.  He has never heard of a perfect score before.  Then Ryan called Emma's teacher from last year, who was given a copy of Emma's scores too.  She said likely it wasn't an error.  Emma IS very smart.

Wow.  Seriously, wow.  That girl.  She blows me away.

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