Negative Effects Of Standardized Testing

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“But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance” said William Julius Wilson. In the United States back in 1845, a man by the name of Horace Mann, posed the idea of standardized tests to make education equal. Teachers could then assess and educate to students’ their fullest capabilities. To this day, standardized tests are still put into use with students taking 112 of those tests on average before high school graduation (Hirsch). Standardized tests have been around for over a century and with its perceived effectiveness, this will continue. A student’s intelligence should not be tested through a series of standardized tests; as there are many alternatives and with the current track the education system is on, may leave a negative impact on more than just the students.
Students face many obstacles as they grow in a constantly changing society. The nation’s youth is boggled with mental illnesses and disorders that often go undetectable. The addition of standardized tests adds to psychological torment. As an overwhelming number of tests come their way, some students may face test anxiety as a result. This anxiety is detrimental to their test results and skews not only what the nation looks for, but also the score the child wants to achieve. “Neuroimaging evidence showing test anxiety to involve enhanced attention devoted to the
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