Scenario: I have a student who did not score well on his ELA state exam. He went from above average to below average. I can't stop thinking about it. The rest of my 50 students did phenomenally overall. I've never seen a drop like this in my 10 years teaching. If I had to speculate--he finished early and probably did not go back into the text to prove his answers. Overconfident most likely. He also fell a level in math (another teacher). Should I call his mom and break the news/soften the blow or just let her get the letter in the mail like everyone else? She has been a FB poster in the past (though we have had no issues with her this year). Not sure if calling would make things better or worse?? I am just having a hard time getting past this score. How do I let it go?