My kid just barely missed the cut-off to start kindergarten last year. She has been attending a Montessori daycare and by all accounts, she is rather advanced, academically.
Knowing all that, I struggled with the idea of pursing advancing her a grade. I read, I researched, I tried hard to take my motherly "my child is special" out of the equation. More than anything I want what is right for her, whatever that is.
So when we went to Kindergarten round-up at her school for next year, I spoke with the councilor, attending 2 follow-up meetings in which we decided to test Z and see.
The first test was yesterday. They give you like ZERO information. So we didn't know how to prepare the kid. Not academically, but just what to expect. Worksheets? Scantron? Verbal? At the kindergarten level, what can you possibly imagine? It was so frustrating. Then we go to drop her off and there isn't even a waiting room. They wanted us to leave and they'd call us when it is over. Again, that is the kind of thing it is nice to know ahead of time to mentally prepare the kid for. INFORMATION, PEOPLE.
If she passed this test (language) with an 80, then she'd go back for a math test and do it all again. If she passed that test with an 80, she'd go to 1st grade. Otherwise, kindergarten. With all the lack of knowing, I really beat myself up yesterday wondering if I was traumitizing her just by testing her. Hoping I hadn't made a mistake. Am I pushing too hard?
After all that, she came out and said it was totally easy, no big deal (except for how long it was - it took her 2.5 hours and she keeps saying it was FIFTY PAGES), etc. I was in awe of how simple it was to her, and wishing I could get some of that back!
Then yesterday afternoon I get an email that she got a 66. My stomach fell and I was just so disappointed. And I reallytrying to examine why I felt this. Do I have something attached to her skipping? Because she won't care. But I had that feeling in my gut like I did back when I was in school and got a bad grade. But I am not disappointed in her. I just want whatever is best. But I am surprised. I really thought... I mean that is why we went through all this. I don't know what to think or feel.
Then, THEN they RECALLED THE EMAIL. Wtf, y'all!!!???? Did they recall it because of a scoring error? Or just some other procedural bullshit? ARG.
It is ok either way. I know it is ok either way. There are challenges and benefits either way. Ultimately we have very little control over this process or its outcome and I need to let it go. It is ok.