Today is a big day on Mustang Mountain— it’s standardized testing day!
I’m fully aware that it’s possible I might be the most excited person about giving the ACT Aspire test today. I don’t understand it, but there may be a segment of our faculty and students and parents who aren’t as excited as I am about today.
For me, I think about all the hard work our teachers and students have put in this year, and I’m confident our students will do well, so I look forward to days like today.
We’ll test today, and then on Monday we’ll be back in our daily routine and we’ll finish the year knowing the results of today’s tests won’t be given to us until mid-July. Then in July, we’ll dive into the results and assess how this year went.
But to me the school year’s success is based on so much more than the results of today’s tests.
Sure these tests are very important and the results are useful to use as we evaluate our curriculum and instructional strategies, but the success of a school year is measured by much more than test data. In fact, test data is a byproduct of what we’re about.
When we develop relationships with students, encouraging them and helping them along the way, naturally their confidence and ability increases which shows up on tests.
When we model God’s love for us and help students understand how they are gifted so they can be the people God wants them to be, they grow, and in the end their test scores improve.
When we focus on viewing our world through a Christian perspective, we teach students to think critically, which in turn, gives them skills necessary to succeed on tests.
The way our students perform on a test like today’s is a byproduct of what we’re about— loving kids, helping them know God loves them, and teaching them to think critically about the world around them.
I have no doubt our students will do well today and exceed state and national averages on this test. More importantly, I have no doubt we’ve been able to teach them much more than today’s tests will measure.