One of the girls that I tutor was retained last year, having failed the TAKS reading test and performed poorly in her schoolwork. We learned this week that she passed the TAKS reading portion this time! YIPEE! We're so proud of her, and I'm so thankful that perhaps something I did, however small, made a difference. I've also learned that of my remaining 15 students, all but three passed. Like most educators, I'm not sure that standardized testing is the ideal for proving competence or academic skill and knowledge, but it's the best we have for now, so it's nice to see success by the students in which I've invested.