Really well actually! Socially there was some growth and some heartache, but that’s just part of growing up, so we didn’t do any rescuing (because that helps no one) and instead focused on support through the friendship rough patches. Academically, she flourished! Her reading and writing took off even more and her math skills improved a lot too. Though if you ask her, she’ll tell you she doesn’t do that well in math and compared to how easy it is for her to read this is true I suppose, but honestly she is doing well and we’re really proud of her!
The test that Nat takes is the MAP – measure of academic progress and it is an adaptive test, meaning that when Nat answers a question correctly, the next question will be harder and if she answers it incorrectly, the next question will be easier. Let’s take a look at her fall and spring scores –
Reading (fall 2016): 212 (99th percentile)
Reading (spring 2017): 225 (99th percentile)
Math (fall 2016): 188 (80th percentile)
Math (spring 2017): 209 (89th percentile)
She has maxed out her percentile for reading, but continues to improve her skills in that area as evidenced by her actual score. Her math score improved quite a bit during the year and because her scores dipped between her first grade spring score and second grade fall score, James is going to work with her on math over the summer on a weekly basis (since she primarily read over the summer last year, her reading score went from a spring 205 to a fall 212, so we expect a small increase or at least a plateau in math scores). The reason? Third grade is when the gifted coordinator starts looking at MAP scores for gifted pull out. To qualify, you need to score in the 99th percentile for both math and reading and we think there’s a chance that we can get Nat up to that for math. Just to be clear though, we are not going to force this on Nat, for that defeats the whole purpose. If at any time, she seems to be feeling more anxiety and anger than excitement and eagerness, then we will take a step back and reevaluate!
Today’s agenda sees me working on the front door! James is helping me take it off its hinges so I can properly strip and polish the door hardware and properly paint the door trim. It’s a gorgeous day out there!