It's not uncommon for young children to cry at school, be it a result of separation anxiety, bullies, bad marks on a test, and so on and so forth. It's a part of growing up — and most parents understand that. What's perhaps a bit more uncommon, though, is for children to cry tears of joy at school. But that's exactly what happened to Abby Martin's son — and she knew she had to tell the tale.

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Martin picked up her son Rylan from school one day and the 9-year-old told her he was embarrassed because he cried at school. Mom likely feared the worst, but Rylan explained that he cried after reading a letter that his teacher had written to the class. In anticipation of upcoming standardized testing, the teacher wanted to remind the students that "these tests do not define you."


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In an Instagram post, Martin shared a picture of the letter as well as her thoughts on the teacher's kind words. "I asked him what upset him, and he told me he cried because he was happy about a letter his teacher gave his class before they take ISTEP," the mother of two recounted, "Needless to say, when I read it, I cried too."

Standardized testing is a common practice today in schools across America, though there is much debate about whether or not they provide a fair assessment of an individual's abilities.

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Martin likely wasn't the only mother who felt this way after reading the letter. And perhaps Rylan wasn't the only student who was incredibly happy to read it.

You can check out the teacher's letter below.

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