Unfortunately, standardized testing only gives a rough estimate of what a student can do or knows. It is impossible to tell if a student will improve, or even tell if the student just guessed on all of their answers for the test. This explains how standardized tests do not measure the correct information that school’s are actually searching
To explain, these test do a better job at measuring the factors that affect students outside of school than analyzing their educational abilities. This is summed up perfectly in the book entitled The Myths of Standardized Testing, when it is stated, “Instructionally insensitive accountability tests tend to measure what students bring to school, rather than what they are taught” (Harries and Smith 2011). Also, these tests have a very limited scope of what they can evaluate. Clearly, intelligence cannot be inferred from a simple pencil and paper test alone. These tests cannot measure skills such as creativity, thought-analysis, willingness to learn or even character traits such as leadership and integrity.
Recently, the Common Core State Standards were developed and kids were going to be tested more than ever. However, all of this education reform has been a failure because our testing scores have not improved, the testing makes children suffer, and it doesn’t improve how teachers teach. Education reforms has had little effect on our testing scores. The average score for a 17 year old student doing a reading test in the beginning of school is 285 and over 40
"Test scores are less reliable predictors of a student’s academic success in college than high school GPA," (John Allen). Just because a student does bad on the test does not mean him or her will not be successful. Students who might have a 4.0 GPA may fail the test completely, but that does not mean he or she is not smart. A standardized test should not define the intelligence of a person. Two students with the exact same GPA could score two totally different scores.
Standardized tests only measure a small portion of what makes education meaningful and what you have learned all year. It doesn’t measure creativity, critical thinking, motivation, determination, persistence, curiosity, reliability, self awareness, self discipline, leadership, courage, or honesty. It only shows what you
But his math skills are far above those in his class this shows that the child already knows the information and the parents are just holding their child back for the purpose of high test scores and their kids to be considered the brightest of the class too low and it becomes boring well too high and it becomes on the morning if you put a person who is supposed to be an algebra and he and you put them in regular algebra they will surely get an A+ on every test an assignment but what if he 's truly learning and getting from this class eventually they will get bored and lose motive to excel as a student reading is a waste of Education time and bored the child
Should The SAT Determine Your Future Throughout the years there have been many questions regarding the reliability of the SAT. Should an aptitude test be such a large factor in college acceptance. I firmly believe The SAT should not be a factor in college admissions because it has proven to be biased , unreliable, and overall unjust. The Scholastic Aptitude test, or SAT is no stranger to high school students across America. The test is divided into two sections of math and verbal language skills, a total of 138 questions with a point scale ranging from 200-800.
Sometimes it is easier to understand material when you have experienced or it correlates to your life more. This chapter was really interesting looking at the differences between group and individual tests. From reading and discussion in class, it seems that group tests are more beneficial for the examiners or the companies giving the test, but individual tests are more beneficial for the client or examinee. Every student takes group tests multiple times a year and it is something people have grown accustom to, but based on the information from the book, it seems that students would score higher when taking an individual test. This could be because motivation is not as high or stakes do not seem the same, distractions in the environment and invalid scores are not recognized as invalid.
Should teachers be quitting due to the stress of testing? No, because they don't really go through as much stress as the students do when they are testing and the teachers should also be able to handle these things and not just quit because they think it is too complicated(Occupytheory). Does it affect the way teachers teach their classes? Standardized tests do affect the way teachers teach because they can only teach certain things and not what they think that the students might need. Do to standardized testing the teachers have to teach what is on their guide to teach the students.
According to Alison Bell from Lexile Measure, she says “You begin to question not only your capabilities but how much you care.” Alison Bell has a good point, you can’t just force kids to take tests and be alright with it. They actually need to be motivated and that starts from home. “Some students cheat just for fun to see if they can get away with it, but most cheat because they do not have time to study and and are in time-crunch” says Christine Probett a managing professor at San Diego University. This shows how students cheat because they do not care about their grades.
I do not think that standardized testing in schools is fair, because every person has different strengths. Putting the same test in front of hundreds of people is not right, some people will do amazingly and some people will fail. It’s not a test on only what you know it’s also a test on how well you can take a test. Some people are great in every other aspect of school but when it comes to tests they fail them. It goes the both ways someone could do horribly in school but be a great tester.
Struggles of Standardized Testing Students have learned since the beginning of grade school that grades matter. Once a student reaches middle school it turns into preparation for high school. Then finally once the student reaches high school it is preparation time for the universal standard test, for most, taken your junior year. Standardized testing should be removed from college standards because it only evaluates one day of testing instead of a student’s entire schooling career, teachers prepare students for the test and not teach to learn, and the testing does not define if a student will succeed in college.