Schools will usually set up special days maybe even weeks to take these tests. The tests are meant to measure the intelligence of students, to show how well the teachers are doing, and to see if the school’s program is working. Standardized tests should be eliminated because students are stressed, it is not a true measure of a student’s intelligence, and students aren’t learning
For instance, “In short, standardized testing and teaching are all too often in conflict”( Rapple, B., 2017, 197). This text shows that schools are fighting with each other to show who is best. Additionally, the example “Weaker pupils, those perceived as unlikely to pass, were also often neglected by teachers”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195). The weaker pupils were neglected because the teachers want to train the best students for the test, so their school gets a higher score vs the rest of the country. Lastly, the author states, “Many were left ignorant of how to apply arithmetic in day-to-day life”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195).
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).
I agree that teachers should start to present accurate grades to help students understand their true academic abilities. Instead, they give students false grades to pass their classes. In the essay “In Praise of the F Word," Mary Sherry argues that teaching students to have a healthy fear of failure would help them do better in school. Sherry notices that
Standardized testing has become a very controversial topic amongst the nation. There are two sides, one that agrees that these tests are doing well for students and school officials, and another that argues that these tests are hurting the students taking them and should be put to a stop. Norman R. Augustine wrote an article for the need of standardized testing, and Jessie B. Ramey States the ways that the tests are impairing the learning capability of the students. Norman uses three arguments that people opposing the standardized test would most often use. The first is that these test encourages the teachers just to “teach the test”, but he ensures that, this is exactly what the teachers should be doing.
In The Simpsons episode "A Test Before Trying", the students must get a high enough score to keep funding and prevent the school from shutting down. Unfortunately, Bart fails his exam which shuts the school down. Not only were the students forced to go to other schools, but the teachers and faculty did not have a job anymore. In an article titled "Relying on High-Stakes Standardized Tests to Evaluate Schools and Teachers: A Bad Idea" by Morgan Hani, she discusses how teachers are pressured by higher faculty to teach the test material only to keep funding (70). To ensure that teachers do this, teachers get either punished for poor scores or bonuses for good scores (Morgan 70).
As a student in high school did you ever feel like the standardized test are helping you or making you get in to a better college? Have you ever thought about how many hours students and teachers spend preparing for the standardized test? Many hours and studying are being put into those test but are they really effective and are the test doing the students good in life? Standardized tests are really just to effective, teachers and students spend too much time on them and it’s not doing the students any good, and even it’s not doing the teachers any good. Standardized tests in schools today in Ohio should be stopped because they are causing for teachers to be evaluated by the test results of how the students do on the tests, they are having the students more stressed about school and do they benefit you in colleges and university and do they really look at how well students do on them test.
State standardized tests are exams students take to assess their schools, teachers, and what they learned in their year. Many parents and teachers deem these tests useless and see it as an unnecessary stress added to their child’s life. Students should not be taking this exam because it causes a major curriculum gaps between students, causes stress and loss of interest in school, and after almost a full year of learning, this test is supposed to determine a student 's knowledge of the year’s curriculum. Although some say this test prepares students for college, the stress and loss of interest in school caused by this test and test prep can affect student’s mental health and grades. State tests cause stress and anxiety in students, especially lower performing students because of the pressure of making sure all students, regardless of ability, reaches the same level.
parents and kids are pushing for grades not to matter as much on standardized testing and “measuring” the capability of kids through a test, and answer sheets. Teachers should instead focus on helping the kids understand what they are being taught because the majority of kids won’t admit to not understanding the material that they are being taught because they don’t want to be different from the rest of the class and their friends. If teachers could focus on teaching to THE KIDS instead of teaching to test standards it would create a less stressful school environment and students wouldn’t stress and worry about their grades as much. If standardized testing continues to dictate if a student moves on to the next grade then what are quarterly grades for? If grades weren’t held in such high regard by the majority of the education then they certainly would not be as big of a weight on students shoulders as grades just numbers and doesn't reflect what someone actually knows just because a students number grades are low does not mean they are a dumb kid; they could be extremely talented in one or more other aspects of life and they could just be having trouble with this one subject and students should not have to feel like their future is riding on that one
Therefore, studies show that grades serve as being a positive incentive in the lives of students. Students are motivated by the incentive of receiving a good grade before handing in any assignment or while writing a test. Grades are so powerful that they judge a student’s standpoint academically and function as whether or not a student can get scholarship. A questionnaire done by Emil Stan for International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology, concluded that 60% teachers said that students were motivated by grades so that they learn. Whereas, 38% [of teachers] said no students are not motivated by grades and the other 2% had answers such as often no and sometimes yes (Educational Leadership: New Roles, New Relationships: Where).