Many students either care too much about the tests, and therefore try to cheat, or they don’t care enough about the test, making the results worse than they normally would be. Ryan Deffenbaugh explains that one college, along with many others, no longer requires test scores for applicants because there were many arguments that “the scores are not a great indicator of future success in college, and that a billion-dollar-test prep industry creates an unfair playing field for students from families with lower incomes” (Deffenbaugh, 16). This college, Purchase College, is one of many that has the opinion of standardized tests being unreliable when accepting students. They don’t show true intelligence because anyone can get some luck when guessing. An article states, “Kids learn early on that they don 't have to think outside the box, they don 't have to be creative, collaborative or be critical thinkers.
Your mind goes totally blank, does the exit exam hinder or help you? It hinders you. This leads to the discussion that many students are huffing and puffing about “High School Exit Exams”. As seen in my scenario above many people struggle with high school exit exams not only because they don’t know the material but also because of nervousness. Many of the high schoolers feel that it is unfair to let one test determine if you are going to graduate or not.
This will create a disfavor to both the teacher who strived to help their students develop and the student who overstrains over the course of the year and enhanced extremely, but failed to score proficient. Many students also create test worrisome which hinders performance. From the objectors view, the standardized tests are used as a unique screening function; for example, in Japan, there is no general certificate of secondary education like Baccalaureate or GCE as in European nations. Most of the students at the mandatory education level are promoted almost automatically from grade to grade and the screening function is in this manner restrained inside schools, students are just sorted by their accomplishments by taking a selective particular entrance examination that is mainly composed of a written achievement test during the transition from one educational level to the next, as well as the Sat tests, in United States and other countries, are used for college admissions. To sum up, the focus on learning strengthens the student methodology aspects to act logically all alone benefit through the procurement of valuable information, valuable aptitudes and proper mentalities which creates for them, as well as other people, safety places, security and healthy interaction (Bernard, 1999).
Many schools in other countries spend less time in school and do not receive homework. Those schools are the ones with the highest test scores. The US is not even in the top twelve for best scores. With all the extra time students spend on school related items, such as homework, it is not helping. An article written by Sean Coughlan states that, “Pupils in England already get an average of 150 hours extra teaching per year than their Finnish counterparts.” Students in Finland do not receive homework, but their test scores are ranked sixth in the world.
Since the introduction of standardized tests, we have seen a larger focus on trying to catch everyone up to the ability to take the same test. This has made teaching nearly impossible, since now teachers are teaching a sliver of the class what they really need to learn and because of this and the barriers that students face, “U.S. students slipped from 18th in the world in math in 2000 to 31st place in 2009, with a similar decline in science and no change in reading” (Shatzky). Students are no longer being taught how to learn and how to critically think, and are instead taught how to take a test because although we see a decline in the rankings of the world; the test score averages have increased over time. How is it that we as a country are falling in rank, but increasing in test scores which should reflect an increase in
Increasing school hours would also expand the number of students with depression due to school because it’s proven with statistics that students don’t enjoy being at school. Statistics of regular length school day shows that that students don’t feel positive toward school such as” The survey started with an open-ended question: “How are you feeling?” To which most of the students—75 percent—responded with negative emotions. “. Increasing the length of a school day would only increace the percentage of students who respond negatively to school. Therefore, increasing the school day would be detrimental to the student’s emotional
Our educational system is failing us. The United States of America is supposed to be the “greatest” country in the world but statistics are showing that our government/educational system is failing us; children/young adults of the nation. Being a student of a middle ranked school in Arizona, I personally have had a first-hand feel for how good and/or bad teaching affects students. Just in high school I have had teachers that would just assign websites as our lesson and even teachers that sit at their desk for the whole hour; don’t even go over the mindset, homework, and maybe only show one problem so that we’ll know what the homework will be like. Until sophomore year I didn’t even know the differences between you’re, your, too, and to.
Laws such as NCLB, and RTTT should no longer exist. The system of scoring that is currently used hurts both slower, and advanced students due to its pressure and ease. "Tracking generally hurts slower students but does not help more advanced students" ("How Standardized Testing Damages Education" 1). Tracking of test scores as a school or even class only hurts both sides, advanced students get bored because they have to slow down for the other students, and slower students feel pressured to rush, because of the advanced students. Currently, students spend an immense amount of time studying for both low-risk and high-risk assessments respectively.
First, standardized tests causes stress among students. Students who don 't have to take standardized tests will not have as much stress as students who take theses tests. According to Bill Maxwell, who did research, “Each year, thousands of high school students stress out as they prepare to take the SAT or ACT tests to get into college. Many researchers suggest that the singular
Studies show that this numerical score, otherwise known as VAM (value-added modeling), is both unstable and unfair. The overwhelming tendency for the same teacher’s scores to fluctuate between multiple years concerns the critics of standardized tests and is a major flaw in the system. As stated by Diane Henningfeld, author of Standardized Testing- At Issue, “the true quality of a teacher is likely to change very little over time” (54). The current system, however, frequently penalizes educators when natural fluctuation occurs. Constantly replacing seemingly ineffective teachers is harmful because it does not leave the opportunity for teachers to get comfortable in their position.
The U.S. has dropped from 18th highest scores in schools in the world to be in the 30’s on almost all of the subjects on the test. The tests narrow down the curriculum to focus on the subjects that are on the test, forgetting about the other subjects. Standardized tests cannot measure all that schools teach like how to be a problem solver. Standardized tests have not improved America’s education system. Every once in a while the world will submit their schools performance and they will be ranked with
The pressure to do so well has led to cheating scandals and school districts scores being eliminated. Due to the standardized testing obsession, both students and teachers suffer. The modern classroom has been transformed from core classes and electives to a test preparation factory. Never has a test been so important, students are taught that their score is their worth. If a student does not meet benchmark
For example, in the heading “Many students aren’t ready”, the author states “Some of them didn 't take enough math, some took the wrong math and some managed to pass the classes without learning the math”. The evidence explains that even though a student may pass a particular math course, they aren’t prepared to take college level math or even understand the concept of that math course. In the heading “Your child needs math every year” the author explains that just because some students took a higher level math in seventh or eighth grade and are able to “fulfill minimum admission requirements for all but the most selective colleges by the end of junior year” doesn’t mean they should take a break once they become a senior. Once they do take a break then taking college level math will be hard for
One requirement in particular being the difference in resources that students have to prepare for the test. While some kids are financially stable, and can afford to have training and preparation for these exams, there are other kids who cannot. These kids may not be able to get into a university as they lacked the crucial help and resources to not only pass the test but score as high as the students who have the edge to prepare better. My question is why are American school systems are relying so much on one test to defy a student’s grade or future? Studies have shown that high stake testing like the SAT’s, have cut down on different ethnicities getting into colleges.
Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States. Attention getter: Last year, districts in Philadelphia had a $0 budget for books. At the same time, a quarter of a percent of America’s education budget, several billions of dollars, was spent on standardized testing. Thesis statement: Standardized testing is not beneficial to K-12 education in the United States. Definitions: Standardized test: Any form of test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions, in the same way, and that is scored in a consistent manner, which makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individual students.