Maybe if they told us why it's super important we may just try to really do our best on the test. At the same time many teachers aren't sure why the test is important they are just told that we need to take them and it will count as a grade. If they don't know why we need to take it how would they know if it was really important on how it could affect our scores. So if the teachers can’t tell us what the test is about how do we know if it is really important or not. Some teachers would say every test is important but sometimes that's not true.
The fact of the matter is that standardized testing does not infer much about the intelligence or progress of a student. First, “For decades, critics have complained that many standardized tests are unfair because the questions require a set of knowledge and skills more likely to be possessed by children from a privileged background” (John 2000). In other words, privileged students have more available resources to achieve higher scores on these tests. This is especially true for high stakes exams in which well-off students have access to tutors and the latest study guides and textbooks to help them prepare for the tests. Furthermore, social-economic status in general has a great effect on the test scores as “Research has repeatedly found that the amount of poverty in the communities where schools are located, along with other variables having nothing to do with what happens in classrooms, accounts for the great majority of the difference in test scores from one area to the next” (Kohn 2000).
The U.S. should not focus so heavily on standardized testing because it is not a complete accurate measurement of a student’s intelligence. School’s are using standardized testing for the wrong reason. “A standardized test is any examination that’s administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner. There are two major kinds of standardized tests: aptitude tests and achievement tests” (Popham, 1999). The most common examples of aptitude tests are the SAT and the
Do you struggle with taking tests? Do you wish that you never had a take a test again, well so do I? Standardized testing is a topic that many people would argue. Some people believe that all kids should be required to take these tests and that standardized testing is a good thing, but others argue that it puts too much pressure on kids. I believe that it puts too much stress on kids and it doesn’t show their full potential.
Standardized Testing hurts children who think in different ways. This is quoted by Valerie Strauss, who makes a great point by saying children can only learn by the way it 's taught and it cannot be learned from other sources. Standardized Testing limits what children can learn and how they learn. Schools also spend an extraordinary amount on testing that could be going to better education and more funding to arts and extracurricular activities. 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.
The study began with a national sample of 90,118 adolescents both male and female. Out of the 90,118 students, 20,745 agreed to in-home interviews. These students are considered Wave I. These subjects were surveyed over extended period of time in four waves. The ranges of these waves are as follows: (Wave I), ages 11 to 18 (Wave II), ages 12 to 18 (Wave III), 18 to 26 and (Wave IV), ages 24 to 32.
You know the topics, but your mind draws a blank. You perch there, perturbed about whether you will pass your grade. But why should these state created tests have such an influence on whether you pass your grade or not? How do these tests show a child’s full range of knowledge? Standardized tests should not be a requirement to pass certain grades as these tests display only a small range of knowledge, they don’t factor in reasons why a student might not perform well, and these tests provoke stress.
There is no perfect way of testing; however there are ways that limit the mind’s creativity and ability think freely. Even with this being known, public schools around the country are having to utilize standardized testing in order to place a score to their student’s intelligence. By using this system, the students don’t develop the capability to answer the open ended questions offered in society or real-life situations. These programs aren’t preparing them for life, but rather a multiple choice survey. Programs such as the ACT and SAT are extremely impactful on a student’s future; however students aren’t analyzing the text and formulating a response, but rather deciding what bubble they haven’t chosen in a while.
Testing Standardized Tests Over the years, standardized tests have become the main source of information on how students and teachers are doing in schools all around the U.S. A standardized test requires all takers to answer the same questions, and they are graded in a consistent manner to compare the knowledge of all students and see the efficiency of schools and staff. Recently, standardized tests have become a subject of controversy due to the effects that test scores have in schools. Some critics say that these types of tests are not accurate and that do not really show a student abilities, some of the questions are not fair for students of different backgrounds. Many say that standardized tests are the best way to know if students are learning what they are supposed to be learning ,and if they have achieved the required learnings standards to pass their classes and grade level.
They try to improve their score because everybody else has a better one than them so they feel they are not good enough. Should teachers be quitting due to the stress of testing? No, because they don't really go through as much stress as the students do when they are testing and the teachers should also be able to handle these things and not just quit because they think it is too complicated(Occupytheory). Does it affect the way teachers teach their classes? Standardized tests do affect the way teachers teach because they can only teach certain things and not what they think that the students might need.