Teacher Opinion of State Testing Is Going Viral for the Best Reason!


I believe there’s a special place in heaven for teachers…especially ones like this. They’re overworked, underpaid, and have more grace in love in their little pinky than most politicians have in their whole body!

This particular teacher was getting ready to give her students the STAAR exam–a test the state uses to determine how “smart” a child is and so she decided to send home a little note with the kids. That note is now going viral and once you read it you’ll understand why!


The post reads:

My dearest students,

Next week you will take your State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for math and reading. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know:

The STAAR test does not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way I do, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful…and every day you try to be your very best.

The scores you will get from this test will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day! So while you are preparing for the test and in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!