Yep, B took his standardized test this morning. I don't have the results yet. Am I wondering how he did? Of course. But I keep reminding myself that it really doesn't matter. He isn't the best test taker. I don't feel that the PSSA's ever showed his ability. Why would this be any different? In fourth grade he was kept out of the top math group because of his PSSA score ... even though he had the grades (all A's) and prior teacher recommendation. Why a PSSA score whould matter that much is beyond me ... but that is a whole other story.
We were lucky enough that our evaluator administers this test and actually came to our house for him to take it. I wasn't sure what it would be like but B didn't seem to mind it at all. He didn't even need a pencil. It was a series of questions that he answered verbally and was mostly multiple choice. At least that is what I could tell. I tried to stay out of the room (but of course listened at the top of the stairs - I'm only human!) B is shy and I was a little nervous about him taking a verbal test but he seemed comfortable and spoke clearly. I could even hear him at the top of the stairs where I was cleaning the spindles of the railing. Don't judge me ... they needed cleaning!
While our evaluator was here, we scheduled our evaluation day. Now I can start putting a portfolio together over the next two months. Thankfully, the evaluator seemed really nice and B seemed comfortable with her. This is the first time that we all have met face to face. Next obstacle ... portfolio.