Thursday, August 16, 2007
STAR Results - Son #1
Son #1 has never enjoyed school. In grade school, he was pretty well liked by his teachers and he did fairly well. Once he hit middle school, his grades started to plummet. When he became a freshman in high school, we told him that if he didn't pass any of his classes, then he would not earn his credits and would either have to take summer school and/or night school.
Based on his previous test scores on the STAR test and his grades, he was placed in the support strand for language arts and mathematics. This meant he received two hours of instruction for both classes. Even with the extra support, he did not perform well academically. Too often, he was barely sliding by and there was that small part of me that hoped he would fail a class so that he would have to suffer the consequence by using up some of his summer vacation.
The thing of it is is that he's smart. Barely getting by with D- all year (and thus earning his credits barely), he managed to score "Advanced" on the STAR test and was just a few points shy of scoring proficient in Algebra 1. I know for a fact that the main reason he managed to pass these two classes by the tips of his finger nails was because he would usually get an A on his exams, while hardly doing any classwork or homework.
I'm tempted not to share his scores with him because his ability to just get by is something he has relied on for the last couple of years. It doesn't do his dad and I much good to harp on him about his grades when he knows he has the ability to perform well when it counts the most. Sometimes Son #1 is too smart for his own good.