It’s Easter. It’s the last day of March and the last day of this challenge for 2013.
Those things are good.
Other things have not been so good.
Things like my nephew telling me at the bookstore this afternoon that he can’t really pick any books to read if they don’t have AR tests for them at school broke my heart. It’s a new program for his school this year and they are supposedly going easy on them. You need to earn a certain amount of points from the tests each marking period – no talk of Lexiles yet, but he told me he was docked points for reading something his teacher thought was too easy for him.
He’s not reading much these days outside of what he has to read for those tests. And he’s not doing that with much enthusiasm.
This change in him makes me sick.
If you’d seen this kid read before now – devoured three or four books when he’d stay with us for a weekend – you’d be sick, too.
I mentioned to him that there are authors who have flunked the AR tests for the books they have penned. He didn’t seem all that surprised by this.
That makes me sick, too.
He went home with two new books that likely won’t get tested. Something tells me his district hasn’t paid for tests for them yet. They’re too new. Maybe that means he can just enjoy them…