I met the CEO of my entire charter network. The second sentence out of his mouth was, “Hey, congratulations on those test scores. That was very impressive.”
I think I blushed and stammered something. I have no idea what I said.
Then another teacher walked over, who has been in the city long enough to know the history of the school we’re taking over and all the failed attempts to improve academics. The CEO goes, “Hey, this is Mathinaz. You should see her test scores. She’s over at [my school] and they’re within a couple points of [the best school in the district]. There are a couple discrepancies, but the scores are mostly even. Didn’t I tell you we’d change lives there?”
I’m not sure when I became the kind of person whose test scores precede me, but I think it just happened. (Do I now have to be terrified about letting them slip? Or is doing well once enough to celebrate forever?)