Standardized Testing

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Standardized tests are a way to measure the education level of a student throughout school systems. These tests contain uniform questions for all testers and are scored in a standard way. This form of testing is used in an attempt to compare the abilities of different students. This is an ineffective way to test students who have individual abilities but are tested as if these abilities are all the same. Standardized testing is an ineffective way to measure the education of students.
Standardized tests should not be used to measure the effectiveness of education. These tests are produced by large corporations and cannot be adapted to the needs of the different settings of educational instruction. In different classrooms, there are different
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The standard form of testing and grading relinquishes most opportunity for favoritism. All students are given fair opportunity by being given the same set of questions. Standardized testing can also give students an opportunity to receive scholarships for college, although this only applies to those students who plan to attend college. The standardized test can be considered an effective way to determine readiness for college and a student’s need for academic help. It can show if a school curriculum is meeting the academic requirements that are expected of them and can often determine if a student is struggling and needs extra support. This form of testing is effective when determining a student's placement in classes that may move at a different pace because of skill level. “Test scores may be used, along with other information about students, to diagnose learning needs, so that educators can provide appropriate services, instruction, or academic support (http://edglossary.org/academic-support/)” (Liberty Concepts). Although standardized testing is seen to have some benefits, this is far outweighed by the downfalls.
Standardized tests contradict the belief that all students are different but are given tests that treat them as if they are all the same. They are also wrongly used to determine the capabilities of a teacher or school to teach their students. Standardized tests should not be used to determine the education level or the abilities of a student in a way that can determine or affect their future. These tests should be done away with and a more effective method should be put in
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