Well, we have our first set of test scores in hand and they are not the best I’ve ever seen. But they certainly align with my own classroom observations. And in most instances they are in keeping with the daily work completed by my students. Only a couple of them show signs of “test anxiety” or some other factor that would contribute to a less-than-factual score. So now I will use them to further support the lesson and homework plans I propose to their parents. I will try to concentrate on the three key areas that my students with the lowest scores need in order to reach the goals set by our state for kindergarten. And I will continue to challenge those students who are obviously ready for higher level skills. It is an ongoing balancing act to keep both groups, and those in between, working and growing at a steady pace. But that’s what I love about teaching! Each year, each class, each student is a little different and requires me to do things differently.