In a few weeks, you’ll be taking the TCAP. The assessment at the end of the year; the big test. I’ve tried to prepare you. We’ve done months of test-taking practice and discussed study skills. We’ve learned that our #2 pencils need to be sharp and our bubbles need to be colored in dark. You’ve worked on practice tests, conventions, and reading comprehension skills. You’ve all worked so hard this year, and this test offers a glimpse of everything you’ve learned in my classroom.
The people scoring your test can see many different things. They can see how well you comprehend fictional and informational text. They can see how well you can interpret poetry, write a paragraph, use reasoning, and apply content knowledge.
Here’s what they can’t see.
They can’t see you as a big brother taking care of his baby sister. Helping his mom with the baby when she has to work late. They can’t see you praying for your grandmother and grieving a loss that truly hurts. Reading to your little brother at night. Missing your mom when you haven’t seen her in several months. Comforting your best friend after a hard day.