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I can’t believe the summer went by so quickly. Seventh grade will just be more of the same hassles. At least I have the soccer team. These were the thoughts going through Jared’s head on the first day of the new school year.

As Jared dressed and ate his breakfast, he remembered the one thing that was the hardest for him at the beginning of every new school year—the passing out of textbooks and the knowledge he couldn’t read. Still, he was grateful for his soccer friends. They were happy to read to Jared, and they didn’t make fun of him behind his back.

Hopefully some of the guys will be in my classes. That would make things a lot easier, Jared hoped.

As his thoughts momentarily drifted to soccer, he was jolted back to reality by a memory from the end of his 6th grade year. All the tests at the end of the year were too much.

Jared recalled, Talk about feeling like a failure! I spent two weeks sitting beside this little old lady who read the test to me, and patted me on the back, constantly telling me how hard I was trying. If she only knew how mortified I was sitting beside her, listening to her read that test. After a couple of minutes, her voice faded into the background and my mind wandered. When the voice stopped it was time for me to guess an answer. I did it as quickly as possible, with no idea what the question even was, much less the answer. The sooner I finished, the sooner she finished and the whole nightmare would end.

On that note, Jared headed off to catch the bus. He was grateful for soccer, but not for the start of the new school year.


  1. Why would Jared react so negatively to taking standardized tests?
  2. How do you think Jared's attitude toward the testing situation impacted his performance?
  3. What other accommodations could have been used with Jared?

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