Another thing that places students of color at a disadvantage in college admissions is the persisting cultural bias in high-stakes testing. “High-stakes” tests are those that are tied to major consequences, such as admission to college, or even high school graduation. Fair education reform advocates have long been citing an extensive record of standardized testing concerns, many of which relate to racial bias and discrimination. As researcher and author Harold Berlak explains in the journal Rethinking Education: Standardized testing perpetuates institutionalized racism and contributes to the achievement gap between whites and minorities. For instance, the deeply embedded stereotype that African Americans perform poorly on standardized tests
The College Board SAT has received many mixed reviews from fellow students, parents, and even teachers about its effectiveness for college admission. The SAT writing portion in particular affects juniors and seniors who are thinking about and applying to various colleges and universities. Generally speaking, when junior year rolls around, the stress and anxiety builds up when preparing for these standardized tests. Many, including myself when I went through the process, worry about the preparation needed, strategies needed to be learned, and ability of whether or not one is able to sit through the dwelling three-hour exam. In addition, we must take into consideration that some people naturally test better than others on these types of exams.
They typically accept the students with the highest test scores, but test scores have dropped more and more as the years have gone on. Professionals from Sydney University have found that too much homework is the main cause of the lowered test scores of students. “According to Richard Walker, an educational psychologist at Sydney University, data shows that in countries where more time is spent on homework, students score lower on a standardized test called the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. The same correlation is also seen when comparing homework time and test performance at schools within countries. Past studies have also demonstrated this basic trend” (Huffingtonpost.com, 2012).
At first, the concept of cheating seems about as harmless as any other, but in the reality of it absolutely no favorable outcomes can come from it. However, what is cheating exactly? Cheating is an unjust and unfair way of meeting a set objective through means of breaking the rules and regulations set by educators to gain a distinct advantage. In simpler terms as author Britton would say, “Cheating is doing something that is not honest” (6). The reasons for cheating may vary from person to person, but at the end of the day, most would claim that cheating is wrong.
This usually negatively affects many friendships since one may care more about their marks than their friends. This affected my relationships with my peers that I always worked with positively, but the relationship with those who I never or rarely worked with did not go so well. There are many factors that affect how my relationships with others at school can have positive and negative outcomes. It is important to understand these issues and always go for what is
When the location and property value influence the allocation of the school fund, it is clear that students living in neighborhoods with least property values will be denied access to the quality of education offered to students living in communities with greater property values. As a result, we had in 2011 nearly half (48.1%) of all Dane County’s Black third graders failed to meet proficiency standards in reading, compared to 10.9% of White third graders. In other words, Dane County Black third graders were 4.4 times more likely NOT to be proficient in reading than their White peers. In other words, because of this large difference between rich and poor property taxes payment, rich communities receive more school funding and give great opportunities to their children to have higher quality education than poor communities. In “School funding inequality makes education separate and unequal”, Klein Rebecca (2015)
Blank and Berg cite words from Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner say that intelligence is different for everyone and that everyone has their own way to comprehend and benefit from their experiences. The authors of this article, also found that minority students living in poverty stricken areas were more likely to have trouble keeping up with the higher income families in the area which caused a gap in the attempt to strive for academic achievement. It was also found that the mother 's education was a key predictor of the child 's success and that families more involved in their child 's education were more likely to perform better(Blank and Berg). This lead to a problem though because nobody really had a plan on how to fix this problem. It also lacked a history of why this started to happen in schools around the nation.
Our educational system is failing us. The United States of America is supposed to be the “greatest” country in the world but statistics are showing that our government/educational system is failing us; children/young adults of the nation. Being a student of a middle ranked school in Arizona, I personally have had a first-hand feel for how good and/or bad teaching affects students. Just in high school I have had teachers that would just assign websites as our lesson and even teachers that sit at their desk for the whole hour; don’t even go over the mindset, homework, and maybe only show one problem so that we’ll know what the homework will be like. Until sophomore year I didn’t even know the differences between you’re, your, too, and to.
Honor is upholding ethical and moral choices, and maintaining an excellent reputation. For a student, it can be quite difficult to maintain a virtuous moral compass. This is due to an abundance of different factors, like peer pressure and high expectations. In my own life, I maintain my own honor by not taking the easy way out. It is easier to cheat on tests than to actually spend time learning the material.
Should School Textbooks Be Free For Students? Fifteen percent of parents said they believe their children should pay for every cent of college on their own, which is completely fair. However, with college being so expensive already even after scholarships and all, college students still have many other expenses to deal with(CNN.money). College textbooks should be free for students attending college because eventually become swarmed with outrageous debt, many students are incapable of paying for textbooks at the snap of a finger, and textbooks cost is negatively affecting students’ class choice(s). Textbooks are mandatory for college students in order to pass most classes.
The tests are graded by a special machine that is not programmed to favor some students and not others. Yes, the tests are being graded non-discriminately but, this causes some concern for whether or not the tests are being graded accurately. Technology has been known to fail some times. The machines are very sensitive and the answers have to be filled in clearly and in a certain way or they will be counted wrong. Some students may know the answer but mark it wrong and their score will go down unfairly.
There are great educational achievement gaps between whites and blacks that can be traced back the bias they receive as children in the classroom. The high school graduation rate of Blacks to Whites though through the years it is shrinking is 69% of Blacks are graduating while 86% of their white counterparts are graduating. (Amos, 2014) This is a troubling static for an ethnic group that is already falling behind in academe and in social class. It may also be difficult for these young people do view a high powered career as something that is attainable because even our Congress there are just 44 Blacks to 361 Whites, and in the Senate ZERO Blacks and 100 possible positions (ThisNation.com,2014). These kinds of prospects even in our highest offices which should be an equal representation of the people in the United States is dominated by Whites.
Other schools want to restrict who can be admitted, so they keep low preforming students out by having a lottery, or encourage them to go to a different school. States can also participate in cheating by lowering the target goals or changing what test is used. Districts have also been found tossing the scores of the students who dropped out of the school, eliminating many low test scores (Ravitch The 156). When competition and demand is high the urge and rates of cheating increase, showing that merit-based pay reliant on test scores creates more issues then solutions. To have test scores determine pay motivates teachers toward a manipulative and twisted version of success, and not the right version of
In order to meet racial admission quotas, a school may admit a student who does not necessarily meet all the requirements. These students have the potential to succeed, but quickly become discouraged in the demanding programs (Sander 6). Use of an affirmative action program “tantalizes unprepared students with the promise of a [...] degree and all of the opportunities that it offers,” (Justice Powell qtd. in Chingos par. 3).