My daughter came home from school excited. “My teacher said eat a good breakfast and get a good night's rest…”
“Why?”, I asked.
“Mom we’re taking the InView tests. Our desks were moved into rows like 3rd graders mom!”. She was thrilled, I was freaked out. Just a week or so earlier I asked her teacher about the Talented and Gifted programs available at their school. Her teacher did a great job explaining the process to me and I was aware this day was coming for some time.
“I want Cream of Wheat, a salad, and a boiled egg.” Obviously she knew what kind of fuel was necessary to get a good start to her career of standardized testing in the public school system. She was ready.
“Ok. Well we don't have Cream of Wheat but I can make granola and we can have yogurt and the other stuff you mentioned”.
Her school has a very interesting vetting process for their gifted students. They test for two years and those labeled gifted, then leave a very highly acclaimed elementary school to attend another school the district has set aside for gifted kids. It's an interesting collaboration between the test result, teacher recommendations and parental input that places kids in the gifted program.