Students with dyslexia also have issues with taking these tests. The scores on the tests do not take into consideration either of these learning disabilities including several others. This keeps the tests biased against these students, which seriously hurts their chances of going to esteemed universities. The majority of people do not realize that the tests are discriminating against various groups of people and if people learn the tests might be changed for the
Student should not have to take standardized tests because it is not worth it. First standardized test take up 2.3% of class during class time. Student can get more class work done instead of taking a test. Taking the test doesn 't accomplish anything. Obama said “learning is more than just filling in a little bubble”.There are so many bubbles that students miss have of there being a lot of bubbles so they would loose track.
There are so many results for a single test that does not even evaluate a student’s knowledge accurately. A single bad day could be disastrous to a student’s career, and a day of lucky guessing can float them by another year. Teachers are “graded” on their class’s results, so if a teacher’s class does poorly, that teacher may have an intervention coming. [PP1] Some people have even advocated for teachers’ pay and job security to be based upon the results of testing(“High-Stakes Test Definition”). Schools are given “grades” as well, and funding is based on them.
II. Body This problem did not affect me or other individuals because it was not our life and not our responsibility, but once others see the statistics of how high school dropouts have an affect on everyone in small and big ways it becomes something others are concerned about, which makes it relevant. High school dropouts are affecting the economy everyday. High school dropouts can not find a job because they have no education, if they had graduated high school alone they could be bringing in thousands of dollars more which would benefit the nation 's economy up to billions of dollars. Alliance of Excellent Education took a survey from high school dropouts reported feeling “Alienated at school and that no one noticed if they failed to show up.” Students also complained that,“School did not reflect real-world challenges.” and said they felt “Classes were uninteresting and irrelevant.” So all high school dropouts are not just students not putting in the work because they do not feel like it, but because they feel school is not giving them anything they need or want.
“Such tests reward quick answers to superficial questions.” (FairTest). Standardized tests do not allow students to think creatively and encourages teachers to teach to a constricted curriculum instead of more depth of knowledge. Most students are able to achieve a proficient score to meet requirements, but for some it has become a hurdle that has kept them from achieving their diploma. Some at risk students feel overwhelmed and defeated and choose to drop out of high school without receiving a diploma. Trying to be meet a “standardized” test score now limits these students in achieving their full academic potential and may limit their career
After students have taken the standardized tests, their scores are then averaged up and published and the different schools are then ranked from highest to lowest score. Because of this, teachers and professors end up teaching to the test due to the terror of losing their jobs. According to Scholastic.com, “it is unfair for schools to be compared because the test-takers are different sets of people, which cause a biased manipulation in statistics.” Educators neglect to teach students the appropriate skills that go beyond the classroom and tests, since they are now too caught up in preparing their students for these standardized tests. Educators are now using their time explaining the topics that will be a part of the tests, which leads them to forget to teach the students life lessons that go beyond the classroom walls. Another reason why standardized tests pressures mentors, is because the test results are used to examine their performance as an educator, which should not be the
Merit Pay: Good or Bad According to an article from The Washington Post, “Merit pay has been tried again and again since the 1920s. Sometimes scores go up, sometimes they don’t, but the programs never seem to make much difference and eventually disappear.” There are many reasons why these programs don’t make much of a difference and eventually disappear. As The Washington Post says that merit pay doesn’t make much of a difference so teachers shouldn’t get paid by merit pay. Teachers should not get paid based on their students standardized test scores because the states might not have enough money to pay teachers individually, teachers will compete with one another, and there are kids who don’t test or learn well. One reason that teachers
Mostly everyone at one point in their lives has had to do some homework, and mostly everyone hates doing it. The debate is, are teachers in the United States giving students too much homework? Searches have shown that the amount of homework assigned does not affect academic performance. Also, people have found that students who have a lot of homework, tend to get overwhelmed and they won 't even attempt to do their work. Due to these two things and the pointlessness of doing homework, American students should receive less homework.
For example, the stress that students have due to the tests can encourage them to cheat, take performance drugs, and do other illicit acts. Also, students are not truly learning, since test companies do not give any feedback on how to do better and improve test scores. Another negative aspect of standardized tests is that they declare everything a student has learned and experienced over the years as a single number, the student’s score. The poor scorers would then lose self-esteem, while the well scorers are pressurized to keep scoring well, many of whom completely lose time for fun. Those well scorers might not even be as smart as they were thought to be.
With this amount of time you would expect to see major improvements in our system, but no real improvements have occurred. In fact, the obsession with making kids succeed with this terrible system has lead to detrimental effects on our staff. The wants and actions of people and politicians have led to state governments across the country to enforce punishment on schools that fail this already flawed system. The effects of this punishment can be seen nationwide from superintendents rigging test results in their favor to teachers helping their students to cheat. These effects are a far cry from their desired effects of pressuring staff to do their best in everything they do.
They are inaccurate in evaluating a student’s performance and intelligence. The test ignores other talents a student possesses, and just focuses on reading, math, and writing. It takes out the creativity and forces students to think inside the box. Every student is different and special in their own way; when a whole nation of students’ have to take the same exact test, results are going to be skewed and biased, because everyone isn’t taught the same nor think the same. Education across America is unequal; there are students who have the resources, opportunities, and teachers by their side to succeed.
We are in a time where people are not judged for who they are or what they can do, instead they are judged by a test; a test in which irrelevant information is regurgitated. It also seems that these tests supposedly determine one’s success in college or in the future. It is almost impossible to predict human behavior since it’s subject to change, so why are students told based on the results of a test, whether they will or will not succeed in college and/or to what degree? Over 650 million tests are given throughout the US every year. It is a waste of time and one’s potential.
Students are spending increasing amounts of time preparing for and taking competitive standardized tests. Standardized testing has become a controversial discussion subject, as it does not improve student achievement or teacher performance. Some advocate for these tests because it provides students, parents, and the government with information on the students’ progress. Although most schools make students take standardized tests, it does not measure the knowledge of the students, causes disadvantages for students and teachers, and can be biased or even unfair. First, high-status universities decided they wanted to offer more students across the country a better chance in higher education, but there was not a way to measure the proficiency
Does Standardized Test Define You As A Person? School isn’t about learning anymore it’s about teaching us to pass a test! To expect the average student to manage their already challenging schedule while simultaneously studying for the ACT or SAT is unrealistic and unfair. American students are spending most of their school hours preparing for standardized tests rather than learning quality stuff. Some American schools test over every subject putting even more pressure students.
The conclusion made from this study is that test-publishers and evaluators are not taking into account the many factors that can hinder the results of the tests. This particular case study, “Student Reactions to Being Wrongly Informed of Failing a High-Stakes Test,” was attention-grabbing. The type of methodology for the case study is the mixed method approach. The purpose of this study was to “assess the psychosocial impact the students being told they failed the Minnesota Basic Standards Test in mathematics” (). Although there has been a drastic increase nationally over the importance of standardized tests, there has been little research on the impacts that may occur on the students.