The system of scoring that is currently used hurts both slower, and advanced students due to its pressure and ease. "Tracking generally hurts slower students but does not help more advanced students" ("How Standardized Testing Damages Education" 1). Tracking of test scores as a school or even class only hurts both sides, advanced students get bored because they have to slow down for the other students, and slower students feel pressured to rush, because of the advanced students. Currently, students spend an immense amount of time studying for both low-risk and high-risk assessments respectively. "Education increasingly resembles test prep" ("How Standardized Testing Damages Education" 1).
Year after year, students all across the country from five to eighteen years old are burdened with the stress-inducing task of taking standardized tests. Hours upon hours of valuable time is spent measuring intelligence and knowledge, when having instruction time instead could be far more beneficial. Students aren’t the only ones being affected by the tests that can cause deep anxiety in many, teachers also are succumbed to the stressful testing sessions and preparations. The many tests forced upon students across the nation are irrelevant to the actual improvement that is occurring among these students. The use of standardized testing among pupils in America is not improving education, but is heavily damaging it instead.
If positivity is absent during math, students will begin to doubt and devalue their math skills. These positive messages can then override whatever they have heard in the past. Unfortunately, math is different than other subjects, it “…is taught in ways that are not used by other subject teachers, and people hold beliefs about mathematics that they do not hold about other subjects” (Boaler 21). Alongside the negative messages of math comes the crippling exams and tests that come along with math students seem to have high anxieties about. Math is tested more frequently than any other subject in the U.S. (Boaler 21), which can be exhausting and debilitating.
Grades are just numbers. They do not measure intelligence, in the same way that age doesn 't define maturity. At least once, majority of students in school have experienced getting poor grades. These grades are forcing them to be “smart” and, to such a great extent, they feel stressed and pressured. In fact, grades actually do extra harm to them than good since they have negative effects on students’ mental health.
For example, decrease in importance of high-stakes and use diverse strategies. Most of the disadvantages of it effects the school, teachers, and students as a whole not just individually. Many problems have occurred from these tests such as test taking anxiety, competition between teachers, racial and poverty inequalities, and devotion towards tests. These reasons show how standardized tests are not helping schools and students, but, hurting them.
Froylan Mendez Professor Mattoon English 1C 12 March 2017 High School Education The education system in high schools is more troubling than elementary and middle school because those are the kind of students that shouldn’t get all the attention. From past experiences with the system and everything that comes along with it. Some of the problems with the education would be the teachers giving too much attention, how they grade and giving extra credit when it isn’t necessary.
Thirdly, homework causes a student to be more pessimistic about school and grades. Students shouldn’t have homework for reasons that their grade can drop, it causes stress, and their attitude to school becomes negative. First of all, students shouldn’t have homework since students can achieve superior grades. Quoting livescience.com, “ 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.”
We intergrate excitement back into education again and continuously having tests is not the way to do that. Standardized testing is known to lead to extreme levels of stress, limited education, and not evaluating the student 's knowledge fairly,
First of all, without teacher assistance at home, the chances of making mistakes increase. Frustrated by mistakes resulting from not having any teacher guidance at home, students may feel stressed and anxious. Making mistakes can additionally cause students to feel like they are stupid and can cause students, who already dislike school, to dislike it even more. Also, homework takes away valuable time from other commitments that students have.
The form of questions in which they ask a question and provide three or more choices of answers with it. Many students do not like these type of questions for the following reasons: The answers all sound the same, they confuse more than they help, and some believe that reading more than one possible answer for a question would make one rethink what they know, and therefore select the wrong answer. Also, in mathematics standardized tests for example, multiple choice questions are not a good way to determine how much students know. A student might solve a problem or an equation correctly through all the steps then makes a small mistake at the end and lose all the points for the question making it unfair and not a real representation of what they know. On the other hand, these types of tests are easier for cheating.
Many colleges around the United States use standardized tests to determine admission. The use of standardized tests is very unfair to many students. Standardized tests are the best option for determining admission to get accepted into college. There is another option available such as high school grade point averages. Colleges should not use standardized test scores as the exclusive determining factor for admission.