When Test Scores Mean Everything

When test scores mean everything, the pressure for the perfect score can be overwhelming.  The students in Mrs. Woods class feel their future hangs in the balance if they don’t score well enough on state tests and it causes them to do things they would never have considered otherwise.  This is a look at the substantial load we place on our children and their responses feel realistic.  Our kids may very well see kindred spirits in the characters on the pages of this book.

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Title: The Perfect Scorewhen test scores mean everything the perfect score

Author: Rob Buyea

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: No

What this book is about:

This story is told from the alternating voices of five students in Mrs. Woods 6th grade class. Randi is an athlete whose mother cares more about her performance on the balance beam than anything else. Gavin’s family is having financial troubles which means he can’t afford to play a sport he loves and he struggles with reading. Each student is feeling alone in facing their challenges. When an opportunity presents itself to do better on a standardized test which will help them alleviate the pressure they are under, they jump at the chance. However, it turns out cheating doesn’t make them feel any better and the stress continues to build until they tell the truth.

Why I love this book:

  • Well, this book does get to the heart of pressure our children feel daily. We say we want them to do their best, but when their best isn’t an A, we always let them see we are just a little disappointed in them. Our kids may very well see kindred spirits in the pages of this book.
  • I always enjoy a story told in alternating voices. Every kid has something deeper going on than what we see on the outside. Books like this help kids develop empathy and understanding to what others may be going through.
  • Loved the teachers in this book. Great messages on the power of reading for pleasure, which is my mantra!

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like realistic fiction. I also find that reluctant readers have an easier time with alternating perspectives because the chapters are shorter and changing viewpoint breaks up the story. This book is from the author of Because of Mr. Terupt, so if your kids enjoyed that series, they will love this one too.

Final thoughts:

I hope kids enjoy reading about tests more than taking tests!

To purchase this book:

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