By using humor and impartial words, she does not alienate either of her audiences. In addition to her language, Alonso’s argument does not attempt to claim that all aspects of examinations are not without flaws. She also does not dismiss any frustrations that come with examinations; rather, Alonso asks that students and teachers connect examinations to a larger meaning. Alonso wants students and teachers to understand that examinations are a learning process for both students and teachers: a gauge of a student’s academic performance and a gauge of how well a professor taught a topic. Her positive outlooks on examinations often persuade the audience to overlook the negatives.
This notion reduces the validity of NAPLAN due to the fact that it assesses how well the students have been directly taught for the test, rather than the mathematical ability of the students. Another issue with NAPLAN, is that it does not solely test student’s mathematics ability because language comprehension is needed to understand the worded questions. So, students with language difficulties will be disadvantaged even if they have a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of mathematics. Therefore, the NAPLAN testing scheme does have many educational benefits for students, teachers, parents, schools and the government; however, it is not without its faults and there are areas in which improvement could be
Phelps” (Standardized Tests - ProCon.org.). Furthermore “debates about standardized testing are wide-ranging, nuanced, and sometimes emotionally charged, many debates tend to be focused on the ways in which the tests are used, and whether they present reliable or unreliable evaluations of student learning, rather than on whether standardized testing is inherently good or bad” (Standardized Test Definition). In addition, “proponents say standardized tests are a fair and objective measure of student achievement, that they ensure teachers and schools are accountable to taxpayers, and that the most relevant constituents- parents and students- approve of testing” (Standardized Tests - ProCon.org.). However “most test developers and testing experts for example, caution against using standardized-test scores as an exclusive measure of educational performance, although many would also contend that test scores can be a valuable indicator of performance if used appropriately and judiciously” (Standardized Test Definition). A local teacher said “some principles like standardized test because they can make they’re school look good which equals more money.
As Michelle Obama once declared, “If my future was determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” The performance of a school’s organization is based off of the results of standardized tests taken by students (Walberg). Standardized tests are a guide to the board of education on how a school can improve its curriculum in a way that is most beneficial to students (Walberg). “The scores of standardized tests are not the same as student achievement” (Harris). In spite of the people who believe that standardized tests are a key factor to determine a student’s academic abilities, standardized tests distract students from their current studies, they are only designed for one way of learning and comprehending material, and they are biased to students.
This statement is true for the most part, because if you have an advantage that others don 't have you will have the upper hand as that is what an advantage is. Most of the time you look down at someone it is because you have something that they don 't, so you will have criticized them for not having your advantage in life. At the same time they could criticize you for something that you don 't have but they do. This statement rings true to me because I myself have criticized people and had been criticized in both the past and present. One example of this would be whenever I do not as good as someone on a quiz that someone will most likely brag about it, in turn criticizing you on not doing as well as them.
Flunk means to fail to reach standards; students, parents and teachers think it’s a bad thing, but is it really? Instead of thinking the negative of repeating a grade or class, people should see this as practice and becoming successful. Many students may not understand the material and making them retake it will improve their knowledge. In Mary Sherry’s essay, she talks about how teachers and parents should show that flunking is a positive teaching tool. I agree with her because we aren’t all perfect and sometimes we need that extra lesson or we need to repeat the material again.
This choice of deciding a person 's entrance or exclusion has its share of supporters. However, the effectiveness of standardized testing is questionable amongst some. Certainly, critics oppose standardized tests with the rationale that they do not accurately measure students ' knowledge, and they are expensive and stressful. For example, envision a high school student that, in terms of academic intelligence, measures far beyond par when it
Standardized tests have many positive effects, but not everybody sees these positive effects. Many people think the practice of standardized testing should be canceled, partially because like stated earlier, they believe that the tests are inaccurate and allow room for a lot of error. They think that these tests are also too expensive to keep using. Along with these two reasons these people believe that teachers teach to the test which in turn narrows the educational curriculum. This means that instead of teachers teaching what they want to teach (which could result in students knowing different things), they now would teach a standardized version of it.
This forgetful nature, then leads students to fill in random answers and receive a low score on the exam, but this score does not mean that they do not know the material. According to Ergene, “[t]est anxiety is specific to testing situations that impact a student’s performance on the test, thus inhibiting the test score as an accurate representation of academic knowledge and skill” (qtd. in Wood et al. 234). Test anxiety is not a rare issue that affects students’ scores; it is a recurring issue brought on by standardized testing and the
Students are given a certain amount of time to answer all of the problems. Standardized testing is usually used to compare the performance of individuals in a relative manner. Many teachers and professors use standardized testing as a fair-minded way of grading a student, since computerized scoring removes any kind of bias and subjective assessments that could occur between a teacher and student. This particular topic should be very important to consider to not only educators, but to the student and their families as well. Students often say, “I am just not good at
Many teachers also feel that the amount of data from the test is valuable and can be used to improve their teaching skills. There needs to be a baseline measurement because "We cannot fix what we cannot measure. And abolishing the tests or sabotaging the validity of their results only makes it harder to identify and fix the deep-seated problems
Because there is such a huge spotlight public schools to perform well on standardized testing, administrators take extra precaution to avoid any incidents that may blemish their appearance, such as a student caught cheating, thus invalidating the test scores of every other student in the area. While this is an effective protocol, it should also be applied in areas outside of testing, like homework for example. Homework is by far the easiest thing students at Laurel
As Cathy Seeley explains in the article, Faster Isn’t Smarter: The Trap of Timed Tests, “Some students are good at timed tests and some are not. Students are also was prevented from finishing the test, something that causes some them a tremendous amount of stress.” Furthermore, the teacher was led to falsely believe that the student did not know the topic well. When students are put under tremendous amounts of stress, they often underperform because of the presence of anxiety. Indeed some of the students who completed the test and did well were those who indicated the most severe anxiety, talking about being “scared” when they were asked to take the test. The following were responses from fourth and second graders: “Complete this sentence, This test made me feel…” ‘Worried that I won’t finish.’ ‘It just scares me that I might get a bad score.’ ‘Nervous because I am afraid I will not finish or make a mistake.’ As you can see by this study done at Stanford University, students are more focused on the time constraint rather than performing well on the test.
Standardized tests have caused so many teachers to be labeled due to how their students performed on tests. If their class performs well, the teacher is deemed to be a "good" teacher ; if their class does not perform so well than the teacher is often labeled "unfit" . Teachers dedicate so much teaching time to standardized tests and state exams when in all actuality, they are harming students more than they are helping them. For this and many other reasons, I believe that standardized and state tests do not measure educational quality and should not be a requirement. From pre-kindergarten until students have received all of their credits, they are required to take state test and exams, which have no reflection on how they 're
Standardized testing has a lot of opinion, some are positive and others are negative. Standardized test are mainly used to determine or show the students progress, however, some may think it is bias and unfair. Moreover, standardized test are not standardized at all. They are not made for everyone. Standardized testing has everyone worry.