Len Christie, a Western Australia primary school teacher wrote this letter to his students after they took the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program–Literacy and Numeracy), a standardized test to assess basic math and language skills.
While I certainly applaud any efforts to instill feelings of inherent value and worth in children, it must be done carefully to avoid a sense of entitlement and ensure that self-esteem is authentic rather than artificially implanted. That said, communicating to students like this is a wonderful start!
A Letter to all Students who sat NAPLAN this year
This week you would have received your NAPLAN test results. We are pleased that you tried your very best in these challenging tests and during the weeks and months leading up to them.
I’d like you, your family, friends and teachers to remember that these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are. The people who have created these tests and those that mark them don’t know you as well as your teachers know you, to the extent to which I know you and certainly not the way your family and friends know you.
They don’t know that many children at Beechboro Primary School speak one or more languages other than English. They also don’t know that you may Read the rest of this entry »