This school touched a mother’s heart when they went out of their way to make sure her autistic son stayed positive after poor standardized test results.
Gail Twist is the mother of Ben, who is autistic. As such, he tends to struggle on standardized tests while excelling in other areas of life. Following his end of key stage SATs at age 11, his school sent him a touching letter, along with the results.
Gail posted the letter she received on Twitter, along with this tweet, saying she was “in tears.”
The letter begins with congratulations, something the Twists probably weren’t expecting.
“I am writing to you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.”
Instead of pointing out errors, the letter, from Mrs. Clarkson, points out all the progress Ben made over the course of the year and the hard work he put in.
“Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress.”
The letter then lets Ben (and his parents) know that the test results are enclosed, but assures him that the tests are not the only measure of his abilities.
“A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.”
Even if Mrs. Clarkson had left the letter like this, it would have been a thoughtful and touching way of showing Ben that he is appreciated.