(1) Standardized Tests Are Ineffective Standardized tests in elementary and secondary schools are ineffective because they aren 't taken seriously, don 't accurately portray one 's intelligence, and they change the way students view themselves. When students take standardized tests, many don 't take them seriously which affects the data collected, creates a lack of school interest, and increase of stress. The purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students individually and as a whole through academics. When students don 't try their best, their full capabilities and knowledge aren 't reflected by the test scores collected making it hard for educators to gage what needs or doesn 't need improvement. Additionally, the lack of seriousness transitions into students being uninterested in school because they have to take unnecessarily long tests.
Depending on how desperate a teacher is for good test scores, inappropriate preparations can be made before testing, sometimes even to the point of cheating. While having standards and a uniform teaching model, high -stakes testing is generally detrimental to the education of America. The importance of these tests has become the be-all and end-all of high school. The accountability of the testing will follow the student throughout his or her educational life. Despite being held in such high regard, the high-stakes testing effects are far from the desired and predicted
The Grading System: Completely Necessary Grades are an important part of the school system. Grades set the extraordinary students apart from the ordinary ones. In Jerry Farber’s essay, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Grading System,” he argues that grades are the only motivation students have in school. Farber even calls it “phony motivation.” He argues that students do not actually learn anything. Farber also argues that I disagree with Farber’s viewpoint on the grading system and the effect on students.
“The other Rose apparently didn't do very well, for I was placed in the vocational track, a euphemism for the bottom level.”. Rose and his family were unware of the scores being switched, and they didn’t realize what this meant for Rose and his future. The school should have taken action on this problem by switching the scores back and placing the two children in the programs they tested into originally. This connects to Rose’s main idea by showing that the children were overlooked, and that the school was not prepared for this situation to
One of the biggest flaws is standardized testing has not improved student achievement. "Despite using them for several decades, policymakers and educators do not yet know how to use test-based incentives to consistently generate positive effects on achievement and to improve education." So if these tests aren’t improving our students, then why do we have them? I believe we need to change the tests or improve them somehow so that we do see some sort of improvement. Tests are very crucial to education because they show what a student knows, if we took these tests out completely then we would have no idea if students are improving or declining.
When students are forced to commit to an honor code, every student isn’t going to be 100% honest. Usually students don’t want to be the person to tell on the people who do wrong, or there’s students who won’t admit to their fault’s even when their caught. Trust is now compromised and no one’s safe. Students and staff members can only trust themselves when an honor code is implemented. Mistrust is a major problem now and the honor code is now a simple law that isn’t followed.
Although, some say standardized testing is beneficial to the way students learn, statistics show that this is simply not true, standardized testing adds unnecessary stress on students, suppresses their creativity, and limits the creativity of teachers. To begin, standardized testing puts a lot of unhealthy stress on students and gives them even more problems to worry about. Many students find standardized testing to be extremely stressful and can lead to faulty habits. According to the author Quinn, Mulholland: "One student couldn’t handle the stress of all of these tests and broke down in the middle of one. “She had a complete meltdown,” Neely-Randall told the HPR.
Because of this, teachers are leaving their profession. Teachers feel it is unfair they are not being evaluated by all their hard work. Scores are not true indications of student capabilities for reasons such as my personal story of test anxiety. Teachers feel they are only teaching the test, not the full necessary curriculum. All the stress and issues schools and teachers are faced, are left up on the students.
It is the teacher who explains the subject so the people studying ex. Maths, can understand it and expand their knowledge. If they receive a horrible teacher who is might not as good as explaining the subject and therefore, they do not get the complete knowledge, as they would have gotten before. Moreover, the teaching can be unsufficient; the teacher can be missing the qualifications, which are needed in that specific situation. Sedaris tells the reader that he was so uncomfortable in the classroom that it spread to his life outside of school.
Where is the student freedom to express their ideas? Fact base system only in and out of schools will demolish creativity, critical thinking and reasoning skills. Such a system will cause teachers eventually fail their students in achieving the skill of metacognition and reaching their maximum potential. Students will lose their capacity of creation, thinking outside the box, reasoning and comprehending. Prediction of an outcome to any given situations or circumstances faced either by individual or a society where even taught ‘fact’ cannot be applied to solve the dilemma can result in major