This calls for a toast. My sophomores did exceptionally well on the State Reading test. As my students were finishing session 3 of the test, I found myself refreshing the results page every 20 seconds or so. Our State site gives results immediately after the student finishes the 3rd session. My heart was racing in anticipation. I felt like a sports coach, watching a close ballgame go into overtime. And each time I refreshed--more good news. Many scored at the Exemplary Level. Ninety-nine percent reached the mastery level. This is, by far, our best performance.
Still, my heart aches for the few who didn't make it. I know how hard they worked: the practice tests they did outside of class time, computer game reviews they played, and the effort they put into it. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances--like when English is not the language spoken in your home. Bless their hearts. I couldn't ask for more than what they gave me--their all.