Friday, April 17, 2009


During this week and next Lola will be immersed in the CRCT battery (seems more like 'assault and battery', in this case) of tests. This year she is required to take them all - - Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

We shall see how it least this year the fate of her moving on to the next grade is not contingent upon her resulting scores...and I do appreciate the testing as a tool to see how she has been progressing over the past year...although I still find it totally pointless that her scores are counted, because she's still an English-Language Learner...

She seems ok so far with the tests, although I'm sure she has a little fear of the unknown with the language-based tests. I just told her to do her best and she may come out of it surprising herself at how much she may know!

Last summer we concentrated on Math. This summer I think she is ready to tackle more spelling, grammar and reading. There is no doubt in my mind that her reading skills in English are far above what her reading skills in Russian were when she lived in Russia! She knows she can progress even more. We touched on the subject of holding one-hour sessions this summer at a specific time each day to hone her English-language skills so as to get her up to grade level. She understands this is necessary. I told her we are in this together, no matter what. We're a TEAM!

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