Teacher's Note to Student With Autism Reminds Him He's More Than a Test Score

Teacher letter to boy with autism encouragement

Teachers have the power to make or break a child's school year by choosing to see either potential and effort or mistakes and test scores. One educator in the United Kingdom took the opportunity to turn what could have been a disappointing moment for a family into a celebration of a student's best qualities. When Ben Twist, an 11-year-old boy with autism, received news of his failing standardized test scores, along with his marks was a letter from his teacher listing all his amazing qualities


Ben's mom, Gail, shared the heartwarming note on Twitter, and parents everywhere have rejoiced at the thought of a teacher and school acknowledging a child as a whole person rather than merely focusing on his test results.  

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Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, which is why it's so frustrating for parents that schools, fellow moms and dads, and often students themselves place so much value on standardized testing.

Let's be honest: These tests are merely a snapshot of what you know in that moment. They're certainly no guarantee that you're destined for greatness should you test well, nor is your future over if you should fail. 

Ben's teacher, Mrs. Clarkson, sums it up brilliantly here:

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. 

Don't you love this lady? And the smiley face she drew beside her name? She's really special. 

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Not only was it a wonderful thing to do for Ben, but it probably also made his parents feel so reassured that when it comes to things that really matter, like kindness and the ability to get along well with others, their son is doing just fine.  


Image via Gail Twist/Twitter

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