It is school conference and report card time and with 3 children in the public school system, there are a lot of numbers coming at me. Reading test scores, math test scores, and everything in between. Some of these numbers have been listed as “above average” and some have been listed as “below average”. There was a time when these scores would have meant a lot to me, but now I try to keep all the percentages in perspective.
You see, I was a strong student. I remember taking standardized tests in school, performing well on them, and taking a great deal of pride in that. I thought those numbers on the paper said something about who I was. But now? In my 30’s with a beautiful family, happy marriage, and successful career? I don’t think those numbers had any bearing on where I am today. Sure, good test scores got me into a good college and then a good graduate program…but then I landed in a job that doesn’t use one iota of that education. What got me where I am today are not things that standardized testing could measure. Perseverance, confidence, determination, analytical nature, an open heart and mind, and an ability to hear, read, and understand people…these are the qualities I see in myself that have allowed me to grab onto a rewarding life.