Although, some say standardized testing is beneficial to the way students learn, statistics show that this is simply not true, standardized testing adds unnecessary stress on students, suppresses their creativity, and limits the creativity of teachers. To begin, standardized testing puts a lot of unhealthy stress on students and gives them even more problems to worry about. Many students find standardized testing to be extremely stressful and can lead to faulty habits. According to the author Quinn, Mulholland: "One student couldn’t handle the stress of all of these tests and broke down in the middle of one. “She had a complete meltdown,” Neely-Randall told the HPR.
Depending on how desperate a teacher is for good test scores, inappropriate preparations can be made before testing, sometimes even to the point of cheating. While having standards and a uniform teaching model, high -stakes testing is generally detrimental to the education of America. The importance of these tests has become the be-all and end-all of high school. The accountability of the testing will follow the student throughout his or her educational life. Despite being held in such high regard, the high-stakes testing effects are far from the desired and predicted
Students don’t test for one day, they test for a week and a half. There is a lot of questions on the test you might not know the answer to. That might stress out a lot of kids. I know this because the author of Standardized Testing: Good and Bad stated testing can put too much stress on kids, parents and teachers. I agree with her that the teachers, parents and the students might end up having a negative view toward the school after testing.
Class is already very tiring, think of adding hour long test. Children working as hard as possible, but secretly wondering when this dreadful test is going to be over. You could be learning more valuable information, that could be used for more classroom test. Speaking of the classroom testing why would you want students to test any more. Students who have to test weekly know where I’m coming from what is the point of testing weekly just to lead up to an even bigger test.
Then they can identify students that are struggling with the class. “Critics contend that tests can contain culturally biased content that may be unfamiliar to minorities and recent immigrants. Moreover, for students with learning disabilities or who process information differently”(Beaupré). They say that the tests are not fair for students with learning disabilities and recent immigrants ,that do not have much understanding of the culture, because some questions are culturally based, so therefore students do not understand the questions and they do not get them right which affects their performance. Also also schools are cutting off material that is not in the test, forcing teachers to ignore content that is not in the test.
Research tells us, “There are many external factors that play into how well a student can perform on a test,” (“Pros and Cons of Standardized Tests”). These factors include bickering with a relative, a bad night's rest, or a bad breakfast. These things can cause mayhem with a child's mind. An argument might last in their mind all day or a bad night's rest might provide low energy for the student. With these ideas in mind, why should standardized tests declare if a child passes, if these common factors are relevant in possibly every child?
They often feel rushed in teaching all the required information in one school year because of the time spent reviewing forgotten information (Priddy). Teachers are also pressured to cover certain lessons and topic for each grade. With time spent reviewing lost information they feel rushed to catch up and meet the requirements. Students are stressed during the school year because they have too few breaks. Stress from school can lead students to a lack of motivation.
Students feel lots of pressure. Doctors have proven stress is bad for health of young and old people. Some students can deal with the stress but the tests are still not accurate. It 's not about the standard it’s about the teacher. Students are completely distracted when it comes to testing
First of all, students should not be paid for good grades due to not needed pressure. The NEA claims : many teachers say, “Paying students for good grades leads to practical problems in their classrooms, including pressure to inflate grades and conflict with students and parents.” This means students are more likely to be in bad moods and have bad relationships with parents and classmates. If some kids get money and the rest don’t, arguments will break out. In a classroom, students are supposed to be respectful to each other in order to have and efficient working environment. The effect of this is, students will be stressed and annoyed or angry with them, if unable to raise test scores.
The test score gap affects all minorities. Furthermore, preparing for rigorous standardized testing is taking time away from teaching the required curriculum. The excessive testing is also imposing an unhealthy amount of stress of students. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Education should reduce standardized testing due to its cultural biases, high-stakes, and reduction in curriculum. Minorities are typically at a disadvantage when taking a standardized test, because they are already at a racial, cultural, and socioeconomic disadvantage prior to the test.