Circulating online I saw a teacher in the state of Texas had written her students a letter
right before testing started. So I customized the letter for Brooklyn.
I know this week is State testing for you. I know how hard you work in the classroom and at home on your homework.
There is something very important you must know:
The State Testing does not assess all of what makes you special and unique.
The people who create these tests and score them do not know you the way your teachers, friends and family know you.
They do not know that you are an amazing artist, lover of animals, piano player and friend.
They have not seen your natural talent for music, animals and gymnastics.
They do not know what an amazing loyal and kind girl and friend you are.
They do not know that you lighten up the darkest days for your family with your laughter, joy and love.
They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy and thoughtful and that every day you try to be your very best.
The scores you will get from this Oregon State testing will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
There are many ways of being smart.
You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day!
So in the midst of your testing, remember that there is no way to “test”
all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!
Mom and Dad