Cady is on day two of the STAAR test. Yesterday was math and today is reading. Right after I got to work this morning, I received a call from her counselor.
“Mrs. Williams, um, Cady is refusing to take the STAAR test because she thought she was supposed to do it on the computer. What should we do?”
I had talked to the counselor earlier in the year about Cady using a new format on the computer to do the reading portion of the test to accommodate her dyslexia, and I had mentioned it to Cady then that she might take the test that way.
When I met with her teacher and counselor a couple of months ago to go over her 504 plan for next year, we decided it would be better for her to do the test the way she practiced. I guess I forgot to tell Cady about that decision.
I could tell that the counselor was at her wit’s end about what to do. I told her to tell Cady that I thought it would be best if she did the test as practiced.
“Okay, I’ll do that. Thank you.”
I was kind of embarrassed by Cady’s behavior when I hung the phone. But as the day has progressed and I’ve thought about it more, I’m not embarrassed at all. In fact, I am really freaking proud of her.
My girl was brave enough to stand up to her teacher and counselor to fight for what she thought she needed. She was adamant that they were going to do it the right way or she was not going to take that test. She fought for herself.