On a recent afternoon, an eighth-grade girl who is learning English stood in front of an Arlington County teacher and cried. She was upset because she hadn’t passed the standardized tests for her grade level.
“She had tried so hard,” the teacher recalled. “She didn’t want to tell her parents because her parents expect her to achieve.”
The teacher, who asked not to be identified because she feared losing her job, said she told the girl to sit down before she explained to her why it wasn’t her fault.
“I’m going to tell you a secret,” the teacher told her.