Aced It!

15 09 2009

Washington State has an assessment test for its students called the WASL (Washington Assessment for Student Learning).  It is your standard assessment test – with its standard problems and controversy surrounding it.  Do the teachers teach only to the test and ignore everything else?  Does the test measure one group well and another not so well?  Are standardized tests even necessary? 

There is much discussion.

This year the WASL will be replaced by yet another type of standardized test that, I’m sure, will not measure up. 

All that said, I got the girls’ WASL scores from last year.  Maya’s were great.  She “Exceeded all Grade Level Standards” in her two tests (Math and Writing I think).  Sophie had tests in three areas last year, Reading, Writing and Math.  She also “Exceeded all Grade Level Standards”. 

Of course, whether I believe that the WASL is a good or a bad thing, this made me very happy.  But I was astounded to find that out of 475 points possible on the Reading part of the test Sophie scored…..(drumroll)…..a 475.

That’s pretty damn good!

Not surprising after you have heard her retell any story that she has ever read, or any incident she has ever witnessed.  Not only will you get every stinkin’ detail, but you will also get the color of the shirt of everyone involved and whether she believes they might have got that particular shirt on sale the previous weekend at the store because, don’t you remember?  There was a 50% off sale on that rack of shirts by the front door?

The girl has scary recall abilities.

And I’m proud.




One response

19 09 2009

WOW. Congratulations to both girls!

Please, please, PLEASE insist that Sophie write a mini novel. After all, Eragon was written by a fifteen year old boy.

I can’t even fathom what that brilliant mind could come up with!

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