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Saturday, October 20, 2007

A different kind of tests

Usually, at least to me, tests mean medical tests. We have a lot of those in our family, medical tests. Way more than anyone with any sense would bother with, in fact. But they are a fact of our lives.

However, that's not what's on my mind today. Today I'm thinking about the other kind of tests, the kind that test your academic knowledge. Remember those?

The Boy took the PSAT this morning. Getting him up was quite the chore, but he eventually got his butt out of bed, walked to school eating fresh cranberry orange bread that his loving mom made him, and took the test. When he got home, the first words out of his mouth were "that was so easy." We'll see, but knowing that he didn't struggle at all with a standardized test that doesn't allow accomodations was great. Usually he takes his tests untimes in small groups with special education staff proctoring. This time he didn't, and he was fine with it, which means that he can probably do the SAT with no accomodations. I'm very happy about that.

Also, the Girl's MCAS test scores from last year came in the mail today. She's in the first class that has to pass the new science segment of the test, and from what the Boston Globe wrote a week or so back when the test scores were released, the class of 2010 isn't all that proficient in science. In our school, 88% of the kids passed with at least a 'needs improvement' but far fewer were deemed proficient or advanced.

When the Girl took the test last spring, she came home fairly despondant feeling like she had failed the test. She had done well in her physics class and she's always been a very good science student, but she doesn't have a lot of confidence in her ability to do well on standardized tests. However, her score on the MCAS was wonderful. She did extremely well, not only passing, but on the cusp of an advanced score. I was so excited for her, and so proud. When I told her today about her score she was incredulous. She honestly couldn't believe that she not only passed, but did very well.

Testing was good news today. News we really needed.

Now I'm waiting for the Sox game to begin. CHB is being interviewed by those morons on Fox, Coco Crisp is a goner, Jacoby Ellsberg is in, Shilling looks to be in decent form, and the Nation is all praying. We have to win tonight, or we're out of the World Series. We're pumped here in Boston.

I'm making a huge pot of chili, and I'm psyched for the game to start. I really miss the Girl.

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Blogger CaHwyGuy - Daniel the California Highway Guy said...

My daughter took the PSAT last week (8th grade), on Wednesday, during school. Odd coincidence.

20/10/07 7:26 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Not so odd, Daniel, the PSAT and the SAT's are done the same week all over the world. They organize them so they can score them and get the scores out all at the same time to coordinate with colleges.

Did she find the test easy? Is she trying to get into a Johns Hopkins talent search?

21/10/07 1:12 PM  

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