Dear Parents,

Our pupils had their Drumcondra Literacy tests last week and will have their numeracy tests before the end of May. Some senior pupils talk of these tests causing them anxiety. It is important to note that these tests are for assessment purposes only, to help our teaching staff identify learning needs and put in place plans and strategies to support your children in the areas and numeracy and literacy. They are also for you as parents to have an idea of how your child is progressing in these two areas. Scores will go home with report cards in mid- June. I ask you not to compare scores or have children doing so, as each of your children are unique and have different talents, strengths and weaknesses. What is a fantastic score for one child may be an average score for another and vice versa.

I have included two images below for your consideration! I hope you find them thought provoking.

One a letter from a Principal in a school in Singapore given to parents at the time of testing and one an image and quote attributed to Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein:

 Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.