Remember in school when the teacher passed back your scored test? And remember how you felt if you got a bad grade? Humiliating! Embarrassing! Discouraging. Tests. We don’t like them because they measure us. We know we are more than the score on a page, but then again, do we? Can we be sure we’re more than how others evaluate us? Here’s the way one school principle dealt with the results of standardized tests with students. I think God thinks of you that way too.
After receiving their standardized test results, students at the Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire, England, received a letter from their principal, Rachel Tomlinson. The letter reminds students of all the things a standardized test doesn’t measure.
Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.
However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you—the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that your write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.
What an encouragement that God sees the wholeness of who we are and who we can be!