Standardized Testing hurts children who think in different ways. This is quoted by Valerie Strauss, who makes a great point by saying children can only learn by the way it 's taught and it cannot be learned from other sources. Standardized Testing limits what children can learn and how they learn. Schools also spend an extraordinary amount on testing that could be going to better education and more funding to arts and extracurricular activities. Although, some say standardized testing is beneficial to the way students learn, statistics show that this is simply not true, standardized testing adds unnecessary stress on students, suppresses their creativity, and limits the creativity of teachers.
Even students are tired of being deprived creativeness in the classroom and they are only learning certain objectives that will help them do well on a standardized test. Standardized tests do not show student success or help the students; therefore, we should have less standardized testing. A deteriorating factor of standardized test is they do not show student achievement very well because it only tests certain subjects with a multiple choice format. They unsuccessfully give credit to different skills students have. These tests don’t show student excellence in creativeness or critical thinking.
It can lead to problems about school. For example, it can increase the amount of stress, it can affect your child 's natural enthusiasm to learn or be educated. Here are the reasons why paying your child for good grades isn 't one of the best ideas. Initially, parents shouldn 't pay their children due to high levels or issues or stress. According to the NEA article it states, "Many teachers, also paying students for good grades leads to practical problems in the classrooms, those of which include pressure to inflate grades and conflict with the student and parent/guardian."
This can lead to many problems and if it is taken on a higher scale, it can affect the way that an entire school operates. When teachers only teach what is needed for the test and not what is important to the student or helps them individually learn, it changes the environment of a school. This also places importance on short term memorization and not persistence and actually learning the material. Standardized tests with high stakes, not just the STAAR, affect many aspects of a students life and education. If we think the most important part of an entire school year in regards to a students learning is one end of the year test, we might need to revisit the purpose of education.
The data gained from the test also helps the teachers realize what subject may be a problem area for his or her students. This is a benefit that would significantly help the students. Without it students may be struggling with a topic and the teachers are not even aware. By looking at the scores and talking with the previous teachers they can determine what might be the best way to teach the students. This leads to the next benefit, teachers can begin a new year knowing how much each student already knows.
This can also lead to negative health consequences related to stress (Columbia University). Today, the importance given to these exams is so big that students have to retreat from their everyday activities, which are also important for a good development and learning, in order to prepare for the exam. Columbia University also explains this, saying that the success of schools is independent from the performance of students since funds are given to schools that do well. This can be seen for many students as a huge responsibility, creating an unhealthy competition. Many times students stop doing the things they like and that are important (play and exercise) to prepare for these kind of tests (Columbia University).
All this joyful news of how standardized testing supposedly creates miracles of our knowledge, increasing student achievement, may be proven wrong or right, but that is not our deepest concerns. A student’s mental/physical health and future as an authentic learner is most at risk here. No matter how many cries from multiple students are heard, they continue to be silenced. Simply put, all standardized testing should be abolished for they are hurting students both in and out of classrooms. As students we deserve the ability to access authentic learning, however, with standardized testing heavily relied on, students are deprived of this interaction.
First, standardized tests cause stress among students. Students who do not have to take standardized tests will not have as much stress as students who take theses tests. According to Bill Maxwell, who did the 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 importance placed on these tests has produced a culture of questionable meritocracy and unfairly blocked thousands of otherwise deserving students from entering the schools of their choice”(Maxell). Accordingly, this shows that students are under stress while preparing for standardized tests.
An “Exceeding Expectations” does not tell any information about what they can do, what she understands, where they need help, and how they can improve next time. This shows that grades are not reliable to give meaningful information to a student. A study done by Kirschenbaum shows that a test or an assignment may even be given two different grades by a single teacher who reads it at two different times (Kirschenbaum,1971). In short grades show a fake precision. The reason why teachers evaluate students is to give them good meaningful feedback that allows students to learn more and make them better after.
Research tells us, “There are many external factors that play into how well a student can perform on a test,” (“Pros and Cons of Standardized Tests”). These factors include bickering with a relative, a bad night's rest, or a bad breakfast. These things can cause mayhem with a child's mind. An argument might last in their mind all day or a bad night's rest might provide low energy for the student. With these ideas in mind, why should standardized tests declare if a child passes, if these common factors are relevant in possibly every child?