What Are The Benefits Of Standardized Testing

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Standardized Testing
While can be beneficial, standardized testing isn't improving American education. Standardized testing evaluates only the individual performance of a student instead of the overall growth of a student over the course of a year. In my opinion, Standardized testing is not enhancing education in America.
Not all students who are smart and take in all the information test well. For instance, there are many people who simply do not perform well on tests. Many students are smart and understand the content, but it doesn't show on test scores (Gregory J. Cizek, 2001). In essence, testing brings out stress in even the brightest of students, messing with their heads come test day. The facts show that from the 50 states, 700 school districts claim that standardardized tests are causing greater anxiety than the average everyday assessments (Joseph Spector, 2015). In conclusion, student achievement
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However testing isn’t proven exactly to be effective. Particularly, standard yearly testing has been a part of American education since the mid 1800’s, and is currently used in all the 50 states. Furthermore, excessive testing may teach children to be good at taking tests, but does not prepare them for productive adult lives (Knight Foundation, 2007). Since 2001, 44% of school districts had reduced the time spent on science, history and the arts by a total average of 145 minutes per week in order to have a full focus on reading and math (everettsd, 2014). With this in mind, chinese schools are very good at preparing their students for tests. For this reason they fail to prepare them for higher education and the economy. In today's world tests often have multiple choice questions. Many tests are packaged and sent to certain places where the tests can be graded quickly by automated test scoring machines, however in recent years computer software is being developed to grade written work (Knight Foundation,
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