Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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A study done by NEA states that 70 percent of educators dislike standardized testing. The The National Education Association asked 1500 teachers if they agreed with standardized testing fand 77, 75, and 58 percent of elementary, middle school, and high school teachers respectively disagreed with testing. Therefore, standardized testing should be removed from public schooling. The intellectual capacity of a student cannot be completely measured by a standardized test. "Contrary to popular assumptions about standardized testing, the tests do a poor job of measuring student achievement" (Harris 1). Standardized testing cannot accurately show the academic abilities of a student. Standardized tests only measure a fraction of what a student has learned. Such tests can persuade a superficial thinking mindset. "Studies indicate that standardized tests reward superficial thinking and may discourage more analytical thinking" (Harris 2). Tests encourage a sort of "just pass" mindset. Students taking standardized tests aim to just get high scores, not learn the subject at hand. Regulated testing tries but fails to provide an accurate measurement of student achievement. "As psychometrician Daniel Koretz puts it, scores on a standardized test 'usually do not provide a direct and complete measure of educational achievement '" (Harris 2). Scores on a standardized test do not reflect the educational level of an individual student. Students who know nothing about the actual content can
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