Some of a student’s most horrid days of school are the standardized testing days. Standardized tests have been around for a long time, but recently the tests are have become much longer in length. These tests don’t directly influence the student’s placement, so what is the point of these tests. Although the tests can help teachers when they are trying to find a student’s academic level, schools should not be required to make students take these tests. The testing takes up time students could be learning more, and the students don’t enjoy taking these tests, and it turns them off of school.
Standardized testing is an issue with students fearful to fail the tests, with all the pressure and tension on them to overcome this predicament, as well as teachers ' jobs being in jeopardy. Most students from lower income families are at a disadvantage with this setup and groundwork for standardized tests, such as the SAT. A wealthier, more affluent family can buy higher quality and superior preparation books. Students even turn to various methods such as cheating, in order to overcome the tests. Another bad example of the aftermath of standardized testing is cramming, which some might do as a result of the lack of concern with studies.
Schools should not be teaching them how to fill in bubbles on a test and brain washing them that these scores will make or break the rest of their lives. Standardized testing should be cut down in schools across America in grades k-12 since they cause easy avoided stress over the grades, they do not improve students abilities, and the system used is harmful to education. The stress caused by these standardized tests can be really easily avoided. The problem with this is that students tend to obsess the letter grades they get on the tests and they obsess too much to the point where they disappoint themselves and their parents if the get a bad grade on the tests. Testing should never be this way, but it still is and we are not doing anything about it.
Getting good grades is already hard enough, and the pressure will not help their cause. According to the National Education Association, (NEA) “Many teachers also say paying students for grades leads to practical problem in their classroom, including pressure to inflate grades.” This could help your child double check his/her answers. However, you are also giving your child anxiety. Anxiety could lead to your child getting depressed and later killing him/herself. Suicide is not a joke.
In Alfie Kohn’s argument, “Who’s Cheating Whom?” he explains that cheating happens because students are not engaged in class because of a few different factors, like a lack of interest in a subject, or the pressures of getting good grades instead of learning. He states evidence from different experiments, allowing him to appear more credible, showing that students are more likely to cheat because their school puts more emphasis on how well students do on tests and homework versus how much is being learned in class. Kohn effectively argues that if students were truly engaged in what is being taught, and learning was more encouraged than memorizing and passing a test, cheating would be less of a problem. In simplest terms, cheating is wrong because teachers cannot accurately assess how much is being learned in class, and what they need to improve on the next time they teach that lesson. Kohn stated, “when teachers don’t seem to have a
In a separate article, “The Truth About Homework,” Kohn asserts homework “isn’t even correlated with higher scores,” and “the only effect that does show up [due to increased homework] is more negative attitudes on the part of students who get more assignments.” Instead of helping students excel in school, homework is destroying their motivation and will to succeed. Also when discussing and analyzing the impact of homework on academic success, the demographics of those completing the homework also need to be considered. Often, serious students will complete their homework to earn
Technically, teachers are not evaluated on how good students perform on these tests, but feel as if they are held responsible when students fail. They would rather guide their students to work diligently and master the test information, instead they spend valuable time preparing students for these test. Teachers are there to teach students and help them enjoy their time spent at school. Instead students are bored by teachers and are growing to hate them. Most teachers leave schools because of the way they are treated by their students.
Homework takes too much time out of the lives of students. I propose we ban homework for the following reasons: it prolongs the school day and it gives students and teachers an added measure of stress; it doesn’t help students learn the concept that is being taught; and kids have other responsibilities and activities after
Students feel that its their right to prioritise activities they need. In some cases students argue that some universities do not allow them to attend internship, workshops and extracurricular activities, which will help them to develop their life skills. Students blame the professors as one of the reasons for not attending the classes, because students feel that professors are making the lectures very boring. In some case students say that professors themselves do not understand the subject and they merely give examples from the books, which is very boring. To students, sitting in such classes is very boring (Chaudhari, 2017).
The curriculum is drastically narrowed. Teachers often need to spend significant amounts of time preparing students to take the tests so they can do well, leaving less time to teach subjects that tests do not evaluate such as social studies. This result in “teaching to the test” which means that teachers are almost exclusively focused on helping students get good standardized test scores. It can place a huge amount of stress on students and teachers alike who are pressured in preparation and taking of the exams. Standardized testing only evaluates the individual performance of the student instead of the overall growth of that student over the course of the year.