Essay On Standardized Testing

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Standardized tests do not measure a child’s knowledge, misjudge a teacher’s ability to teach, and negatively affect school systems overall.
I. Introduction to Standardized Testing
A. A standardized test is any test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions, or a selection of questions from common bank of questions, in the same way. They are used to “judge” or “measure” the knowledge or skills that students learn in school.
B. The problem with these standardized tests is that they measure all students on the same material, leaving out special skills the student may have. It also puts a great deal of stress on a student to know that they will be timed on these questions that require critical thinking. Furthermore, if students perform poorly, it falls back on the teacher and they could possibly lose their job. This leaves an unfavorable effect on every individual in the
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A. Review of Major Issues
1. Negative effects on school systems, blaming teachers for failed and low-test scores, and basing a child’s knowledge and skills off one test score are the reasons standardized testing is not working. The pressure placed on students and teachers to make sure these children graduate and succeed to higher grade levels is ridiculous. Many teachers are forced to teach the test to students, which makes learning intolerable for everyone.
B. The Answer, the Solution, the Final Option
1. Removing these standardized tests from schools is obviously the answer to all these issues. It will remove negative feelings toward learning and make students and teachers perform much better in their day-to-day activities. Also, it will let teachers instruct what they were taught to, thus improving children’s lives and strengthening their skills. Overall, it is surely clear to all that standardized testing is toxic for every individual involved in the process of it. I hope some day soon we can resolve this on-going issue and put an end to all standardized
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