Alison Loesch Dr. Cahill ENG 112 2 February, 2018 Why Standardized Testing Is... 42% of teachers agree that standardized tests have a negative impact on their classrooms (NEA 2014). While standardized tests are used to give a framework for teachers (University of Columbia 2013), there should be a different way to accomplish that because the tests are all computerized, students are being taught to take tests, not learn the material, and it puts entirely too much pressure on not only the students but the teachers(Popham #8-15). Standardized tests give a framework to teachers so that each teacher can stay on track with each other. This also allows teachers, that work in the same grade, to collaborate with each other to improve their lesson plans and overall teaching. They also show what specific areas a student might be struggling in (Popham, 8-15).
One article that is against standardized test is “Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools”by Lyndsey Layton. According to https://www.washingtonpost.com “The heaviest testing load falls on the nation’s eighth-graders, who spend an average of 25.3 hours during the school year taking standardized tests. Testing affects even the youngest students, with the average pre-K class giving 4.1 standardized tests, the report found”. This shows how students taking standardized test can be overwhelming and stressful for students. The 8th graders are being tested more often than any other grade.
In fact, according to many researches we can find the reasons why these tests should become mandatory. Actually, Standardized tests can give a relatively accurate measurement for students when entering college. Moreover, these tests test different kinds of skills which will make professors change the way they teach in a way that will help their students excel in their tests which will eventually result in improving education. In addition, standardized tests can help show the weaknesses students’ have which will help teachers determine how to teach their material in a way that enhances students’ understanding. In fact, according to Diane Ravitch, who is a Research Professor of Education at New York University, “ In the past few years, we have seen the enormous benefits that flow to disadvantaged students because of the information provided by state tests.
I really stressed because I am mostly worried about this class instead of all my other classes. I hope that I make a good grade in this class or actually pass as of right now. This process has taught me a lot on how to conduct research on a topic. Racial profiling in education is something I am passionate about because of all the findings that I have come across. It strikes an interest in me because I am an Elementary Ed major and I will deal with certain situations that I have read about and I hope I make the right decision when my time comes.
Teacher expectations can have profound effects upon children and their academic achievement, and there is a wealth of literature and research available to substantiate this belief. Teacher expectations research began back in the 1960s with the influential work of Rosenthal and Jacobson in 1968 (2003). They instructed some teachers, after carrying out a test with their classes (which they never actually carried out), that some of their students would be academic ‘bloomers’, make substantial progress over the year of the experiment, and achieve to high standards; although in reality, these students were randomly selected. When Rosenthal and Jacobson returned, it was
There are always areas of improvement outside of test scores that can help improve a school district overall. Even if your school is in the top of its class, there is always ways to improve and make student learning better. My internship activities and coursework provided me with several opportunities to research, analyze and examine school reform in its many shapes and forms. Every district faces curriculum challenges, school climate, diversity issues, etc. every day.
Standardized tests are jeopardizing countless students’ mental health and future career options, as such, should be removed from a student’s requirement to graduate. Several people become so stressed that they can not properly take the test. A majority of standardized tests are timed which hurts the students who know the subject, but read or work slowly. Standardized tests use knowledge that are not taught in class to help spread out scores which hurts numerous schools. Another issue with standardized tests that if a student do poorly on them, they will be rejected by the colleges or jobs that they want.
Teachers need to be self-reflective and to think about our own teaching. After each lesson I put the following questions to myself: Was the lesson effective?, What were my strengths and weaknesses?, How could it be improved? What follows are some of my reflections on various important items in my training period from the observations and own experiences carried out in the classrooms: -I have met lots of children in my internships and that is awesome for me. All the classrooms contain pupils with different abilities, different attitudes to English language and different styles of learning. I think that it is positive but also it is more difficult to respond to their different needs and interest.
The state tried to force this child, Ethan, to take this test. In the meantime while Andrea was fighting the school system, Ethan Rediske passed away. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our children aren’t all dying of terrible diseases, but these standardized testing is killing our brothers and sisters creativity and passion for school instead. Standardized tests do not accurately measure what students know and what they can do, nor are they accurate predictors of future success First we will learn information about its history and its use in today’s America.
This one-size-fits-all mentality sets standards that cannot accurately represent the knowledge of all students. Even though the government requires multiple standardized tests a year to assess the student’s, teacher’s and the school’s performance, this system should be barred from schools because the test is unreliable and causes a teaching to test mentality, which only hurts students’ level of education. Socioeconomic status is considered by test authors while writing the assessment, and the results help contribute to the inaccuracy of the assessment data. The United States is a cultural melting pot, which has a great variety of wealth. It is scientifically proven that the amount of money that a family receives is in direct correlation with the level of education a student can obtain.