Pros And Cons Of High Stakes Testing

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High-stakes testing is a topic that fosters a lot of passionate opinions. The intended reasons for high-stakes testing is that it measures learning, and holds schools accountable. (Cordogan, 37) There are many advantages and disadvantages of high-stakes. Also, there are many options for change of standardized tests. For example, decrease in importance of high-stakes and use diverse strategies. Most of the disadvantages of it effects the school, teachers, and students as a whole not just individually.
Many problems have occurred from these tests such as test taking anxiety, competition between teachers, racial and poverty inequalities, and devotion towards tests. These reasons show how standardized tests are not helping schools and students, but, hurting them. Effects of student test taking are said to lead to test related nervousness. (Wei, Pecheone, and Wilczak, 8) The importance of the tests put pressure and stress on the student which leads to inaccurate scores. With the low scores from having anxiety over tests comes the teacher competition (Morgan, 69) Some teachers who are competitive want to do better than the others and that is the result of "RTTP, or Reacting to the Past Innovative" trying to get teachers to make the students do good on assessments, looking to
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(Morgan, 68) The statistics we get back from the assessments show how much the person, the teachers, and lastly the whole school has performed, find youths needing additional help and where their defiance's occur. (Cordogan, 37) The advantages of high-stakes are that they show what a student has learned or needs to learn. By knowing that information teachers and administrators can know what to be taught in the classrooms so the students can know for their future. Also, they can figure out which students are good test takers and others who aren't so
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