That’s right, my Black, single-parent-home BOYchild Passed the WASL
Yup, you heard it hear folks. The boy child has passed the WASL. He was rated as having exceeded Washington State standards in all categories. Ha!
I’m a proud mama, so indulge me.
The boychild came in from school and busied himself with unpacking his backpack and getting his snack. He casually walks by with two white papers in his hands. He’s on his way to the family bulitien board to post it, and I, being a mom and recognizing it as something that is probably for me, hold out my hand.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“WASL results,” he says without a care.
I remember last years WASL. The boychild came to me the night before the first testing day and outlined his testing strategies. For an elementary school-aged kid, I was impressed and recall nodding my head over and over and reassuring him that if he followed his strategies he’d do just fine.
“Okay, can I see them please?” I asked.
A form letter with another page stapled. I read the first sentence. My eyes grew wide. I flipped quickly to the sencond page- my eyes grew wider. I looked at the back of the second page, and exclaimed “WOW!”
The boychild breaks into a grin.
“You passed!” I exclaimed, “congratulations!”
“Thanks,” he said sheepishly.
It must be said- I don’t care about the WASL. In fact, call me evil, we’ve even opted out of it before. I know it doesn’t measure the fullness of my children, so, you know, whatever.
That said, I do instill in my kids that education comes before anything.
But passing the WASL- I refuse to make a big deal out of it. I’m not naive and I understand that kids get put on certain “tracks” depending on how they evaluate, but I think I’d be a bad mom if I was badgering my kids to study for and pass a test. I refuse to present them with a “it’s all or nothing” pass/fail scenario every year. That’s just unnecessary stress.
Still. I felt pride looking over his results and seeing how well he did- he didn’t just squeak by, he blew it out of the water.
As the state preps for the next version of a standardized test under our newly elected state superintendent, I’m going to keep doing the same thing.
For the children:
No television during the week.
1 hour of reading a day- EVERY day.
Go to bed at a sensible time.
Hold my kids (and their TEACHERS) accountable for doing their personal best at school.
Communicate with teachers…OFTEN.
Advocate as needed.
Obviously it’s working.