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30+ Important Things That Tests Can’t Measure

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There are many things that standardized tests can’t measure.

Tests can’t predict who will “succeed” in life, regardless of your definition of success. Tests can’t tell a child how or even what he needs to improve. Tests penalize our most creative thinkers. And our world needs all the creative problem solvers it can get.

So when I get an email or phone call from a parent whose child has scored poorly on a standardized test, my immediate hope is that the child hasn’t taken the test scores to heart.

That’s because I’ve seen what can happen when a child takes a test score too seriously. The shoulders that slouch in defeat. The voice that shakes with embarrassment. The sad eyes that let you know your child feels he’s let you down.

Ugh. It makes me want to stomp my foot and tell the child, “It just doesn't matter. You are NOT your test score!

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Things that Standardized Tests Can’t Measure

There are many (very important!) things that tests just can’t accurately measure. For example:

  • A test can’t measure the compassion that shines in the eyes of a child caring for a chick that has fallen from its nest.
  • A test can’t measure the generosity shown by a boy who gives his birthday money to the homeless man on the corner.
  • A test can’t measure the creativity that has been poured into every priceless piece of artwork that hangs on the refrigerator.
  • A test can’t measure the joy a little girl feels while slow dancing on her daddy's feet in the living room after dinner.
  • A test can’t measure the determination it takes for a child with dyslexia to complete just one reading assignment.
  • A test can’t measure the love that is wrapped up in the warmth of a child's embrace.

Children everywhere deserve to know this: You are NOT your test score.

You are so much more.

More Things Tests Can’t Measure

Our readers shared a few more qualities that tests can't measure:

  • Tests can't measure imagination. (Ashley P.)
  • Tests can't measure how amazing our kids are! (Heather)
  • Tests can't reflect the joy of listening to a child read and act out a story with great expression and delight. (Pam C.)
  • Tests can't easily measure a child's logic skills. (Learner)
  • Tests can't measure the gifts possessed by these young people, but especially their hearts. (Stacey)
  • Tests can't measure if a child will be a good citizen, a good husband or wife, or a good parent. (Susanna Y.)
  • Tests can't measure how much our children are loved and wanted. (Susanna Y.)
  • Tests can't measure success because learning is a journey in life...practice always makes progress! (Susanna Y.)
  • Tests can't measure faith, trust, hope, reliability, or depth of character. (Laura)
  • Tests can't measure friendship. (Sara)
  • Tests can't measure self-worth. (Sarah)
  • Tests can't measure what a child really knows. (Janet)
  • Tests can’t measure curiosity or determination. (Maceo and Mama Pat)
  • Tests can’t measure daily progress. (Sue)
  • Tests can’t measure effort. (Alison S.)
  • Tests can’t measure a child’s potential. (Diana)
  • Tests can’t measure resiliency. (Lori C.)
  • Tests can’t measure diligence and determination. (Wendy T.)

Is your child still feeling discouraged about a test score? Surround her with encouraging words!

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Amy T.

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Test can not measure the confidence a child gains when they have finally mastered a skill, and the joy they express when they realize they can do something now that was a struggle for them before.

Robin E.

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Yes, so true, Amy! Wonderfully put.

Dawn Williams

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Love this!! Such a good reminder!

Heidi

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I want to print this and keep it close by. Such a good reminder. Thank you for sharing.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Heidi.

Amy Cox

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This was a blessing to read. Need to be reminded sometimes of the goal

Elaina

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This is so encouraging!

Christine

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I think alot of these get lost on a daily basis, we need a daily reminder, good info!!

Tracey

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So true! Love this article.

Margaret Hadam

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Totally agree! I think this gets lost in schools today, and even we parents forget that.

Charissa Reed

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Good reminder that tests are not everything.

Stephanie Jackson

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Love this article. Thank you for sharing this

Erma

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Robin E.

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I’m so pleased that this program is working so well for your daughter, Erma! Thank you for sharing.

Samantha

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Every parent and child needs to see this!

Robin E.

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We agree, Samantha! 😊

Kathy

says:

Oh my God!! how true!

Rena

says:

I love this! Our children are so much more than test scores!

Brandi

says:

This is beautiful! Tests cannot measure a child’s worth, and I wish more children understood this.

Julie

says:

Virtues explore our God given talents

Amanda

says:

This is so powerful for students!

Penni

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Yes! 😁

Michelle Hunt

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Such an inspiring post which not only relates to children but adults as well.

Robin E.

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Yes, such a great point, Michelle! Thank you.

Sacha laird

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Totally agree!! I love this!!

Kelly-Lee Moesker

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Such a well thought out article to encourage our children to be encouraged.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Kelly-Lee. 😊

Jessica Shorey

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Public school has made my boys feel like failures. I really need to find more encouraging ways to show them that they aren’t failures.

Shannon

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We love AAR. Going through with my youngest now. We’ve learned slow and steady is best. He absolutely loves reading despite having some developmental delays. Thank you AAR for helping us encourage that love or reading.

Jolene Drake

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Love your blogposts and materials!

Teresa

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My children have done fine without the stress of testing. I do not see any value in it. If anything it gives your child a number that is compared other numbers. I prefer to not put that on myself or my child.

Beebe

says:

So true.

Carmen Jimenez

says:

Thanks for remind in us that the important things cannot be measured!

Rachel

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Love having this reminder of important things to also be mindful of as we learn and grow!

Amanda

says:

This so true and I hope more and more people realize this and that education changes so testing is not necessary

jennefer Pers

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This is amazing… exactly what I keep telling my children! My oldest felt like a failure thanks to the PS system seriously failing him before we decided to take the leap and homeschool… He is now thriving and confident, thanks to knowing that a lot of important things in life aren’t taught by tests!

Robin E.

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I’m so happy to hear your child is now thriving and is confident, Jennefer! 😊

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