Students are also getting less learning time, due to the time it takes for test prep. They even will take out daily announcements and pep-rallies to “prepare” the students for the tests they have that day (Ramey). With everything comes a Pro and Con side, but it is to find middle ground which is important. This argument of standardized testing, has the side of the nation trying to keep up with the standards of other country, because we are falling a bit behind in academics, compared to other countries. There is where a line where students aren’t getting the all-round experience and knowledge that they need to succeed.
It is average for a student in high school to take multiple standardized tests that judge how successful they will be in the future. Students tend to be stressed out, under pressure and try to cram everything they’ve learned from the past 18 years of their lives into their head for a test that may mean success or failure. In my opinion, standardized tests should not be mandatory to take for multiple reasons such as people may not be excellent test takers and other factors that come into play when an important day comes up; illnesses, stomach ache, stress, homework, studying and lack of sleep. Standardized testing does not truly test one’s intelligence. It does not let one think for themselves or develop their own thoughts or intellectual
However, the ability to express creativity is vital in many jobs when students grow up. If students are not trained to be creative from when they are young, and only train for these standardized tests, it will be hard for them to survive in companies when they grow up.The above is one of the biggest problems about standardized test, but there are more. How well students of a particular class, or school, do in a standardized test, may affect the teachers’ income. If students do too badly, teachers may even be kicked out of school! This is what causes teachers to “teach to the test” – they only teach students how to do multiple choice tests, which, in turn, buries their creativity and their other analytical skills.
Whether it helps us or not it still puts a huge amount of stress on us as the school year goes on and we get more homework. Many teens already have enough on their plate with getting good grades, working if they have a job, and extracurricular activities. Kirkwood High had noticed more students were seeking counselors for emotional and social help towards the end of the school year, so they started to give no homework on weekends to relieve students and teachers of stress. The students seeking the counselors for emotional
In this case, parody is being used to imitate testing. “Please put down your pencils and stare at the front of the room,” (The Simpsons) said the teacher in the episode when the kids were waiting for the security guards to come and collect the tests. This quote is spot on and important because teachers now a day are forced to teach by the institutions way of rules and whatnot. The subject is not only satirizing the teachers, but also the way teachers think about these tests. These tests used to not determine someone's future, but for every year that goes by, these standardized tests keep getting more difficult for the average student to take.
Quarterlies take 5 days to fully administer for all four subjects, and it can take even longer for make-ups. And if all the quarterlies throughout the entire year are counted, it could take a whopping 20+ days to administer fully. To add insult to injury, supervisors have made an insensible rule that prohibits other assessments to be given to students during quarterly week. This rule applies to tests that are not even related to the target quarterly subject, like prohibiting a math test to take place on the same day as the english quarterly. This not only takes away a significant time from the school year, but severely increases the stress students and teachers face.
Another negative thing about getting a job is that our health and safety suffers for it. The teachers and parents number one priority is to make sure that their kids are safe mentally and physically, in this case it is mentally. We wake up everyday of the week to go to school, so that we can education to get a job when we get high school or to make something of our self 's. Going to school to get a education is all the stress that us students need right now. If students start working and going to school imagine how many times we would fall into irregular sleep, we would be so stressed that some of us would want to break down and cry.
“The presence of homework is negatively affecting the health of our young people and the quality of family.” (New York Times) The charts in 2012 come in with shocking facts. At age nine, twenty two percent have no homework, while five percent have two or more hours of homework. For thirteen year olds, twenty one percent have no homework, and seven percent have around two hours of work at home. Finally, twenty two percent of seventeen year olds have no homework, and twenty percent have over two hours. According to these percents, people are overreacting on how much homework is given and the amount of students that receive the homework, but does that homework given negatively affect a student and their family.
Standardized tests are tests that students take globally, and yearly. Students try to cram in weeks and years of knowledge in just to get prepared for theses tests. Do you think this is a healthy lifestyle for students? Schools should eliminate standardized tests. First, standardized tests causes stress among students.
Year after year, students all across the country from five to eighteen years old are burdened with the stress-inducing task of taking standardized tests. Hours upon hours of valuable time is spent measuring intelligence and knowledge, when having instruction time instead could be far more beneficial. Students aren’t the only ones being affected by the tests that can cause deep anxiety in many, teachers also are succumbed to the stressful testing sessions and preparations. The many tests forced upon students across the nation are irrelevant to the actual improvement that is occurring among these students. The use of standardized testing among pupils in America is not improving education, but is heavily damaging it instead.
Welcome to the age of testing, where standardized tests reign supreme in the classroom. Today, schools religiously use standardized tests as a tool to measure success. Every year a new set of standards are released because the test scores the year before were not adequate. Leaving teachers and students under pressure to perform better. The pressure to do so well has led to cheating scandals and school districts scores being eliminated.
This aspect has resulted into a decrease of time spent in the recess. As a result, children’s’ emotional, social, and academic well-being is compromised in the long run (Ricci 351). Moreover, the fact that the federal funds are only availed to schools which meet specific thresholds, have put schools under pressure to ensure that their students can meet the requirements through standardized tests. As such, schools spend much time evaluating the students’ performance such that whenever “the students are not sitting for the standardized tests, then they are being prepared to sit for the tests” (Kohn 47). As a result, students skip or neglect other important activities such as extracurricular activities such as games in order to prepare adequately for the
Students have to worry about studying and knowing everything they were taught. After studying all of the given information, they take the test and realize that a lot of what they studied was not on the test. Education researcher Gregory J. Cizek has said, “illustrating how testing...produces gripping anxiety in even the brightest students…” Standardized testing stresses teachers out because they have to make sure they teach everything they need to by a certain date. They run on a strict teaching schedule when teaching students that will be taking a standardized test. Some students don’t take standardized tests seriously because it doesn’t affect their grades.