Well, this week the kiddos in Texas all have more state testing (TAKS) that they are taking.
Yesterday, my third and sixth grader took math and reading, respectively.
I am actually a bit worried about my third grader and her math test – not just her, really. Quite a few of the kiddos in her class were having trouble grasping the word problems that will surely be on the test. In fact, on the benchmark a few weeks ago, the majority of the class scored in the 70′s.
I feel fully confident in bringing her up to speed at home, and over the summer. I am not worried that she is going to drastically fall behind in her schooling.
No, actually my worry is focused a bit more ‘on the homefront’. When she scored a 97 on the reading test, I was so happy for her. And the reason I was so happy for her was that she was going to get to tell her brothers, specifically the 6th grader, that she got a 97, missing only one problem.
You see, these boys, specifically the 6th grader, love to torment her, as any good brother must. She is frequently bombarded with questions way above her comprehension level and mocked upon not knowing the answers. I actually once heard the sixth grader say to her,
“I bet you don’t even know the square root of pi!!”
Yeah, because every good third grader knows the square root of pi! Heck, I’m probably not even spelling it correctly!
So on the glorious day we received her test score, I couldn’t wait for them all to pile into the minivan and be enlightened with the news!
And oh, how ANTICLIMACTIC it was! Would you like to know what Mr. Sixth Grader said to sweet little Miss Third Grader?
*cue snotty voice*
“When I was in third grade, I got a 100 on the TAKS!”
I will definitely have to lecture him, perhaps adding in the threat of losing video games, before these test scores come in. Life – and school – are hard enough without the humans in your house giving you grief over what they perceive to be your failures!
GO READ A BOOK!