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.
Higher test scores result in financial benefits for the school. The financial benefit does not eliminate the negative impact of standardized testing on students. Miner said, “Today, children are being flunked, denied access to a preferred program or school, or even refused a high school diploma on the basis of a single standardized test.” How are standardized test good for students if they give them all these negative limitations if a student doesn’t do well, if a student does terrible on a test, then will they get a chance to retake it? No, a student is only allowed to take the SAT one time, so it’s all or nothing when it comes to these tests. Now that I’ve described to you the basic arguments against standardized tests do you want students sitting in a room filling in millions of bubbles taking a test that is supposed to prove how smart you or when it really only proves how well you can take a standardized test or do you want to eliminate standardized testing and focus on truly educating our youth?
Everything around suddenly disappears and you are overcome with stress. You come out of the test feeling dejected and depressed, and wanting to retake the test. That is what the SATs can do to you. The SATs are not accurate because it causes so much stress for the students. Also, having a test-required policy limits the amount of students in the applicant pools of colleges and universities.
After students have taken the standardized tests, their scores are then averaged up and published and the different schools are then ranked from highest to lowest score. Because of this, teachers and professors end up teaching to the test due to the terror of losing their jobs. According to Scholastic.com, “it is unfair for schools to be compared because the test-takers are different sets of people, which cause a biased manipulation in statistics.” Educators neglect to teach students the appropriate skills that go beyond the classroom and tests, since they are now too caught up in preparing their students for these standardized tests. Educators are now using their time explaining the topics that will be a part of the tests, which leads them to forget to teach the students life lessons that go beyond the classroom walls. Another reason why standardized tests pressures mentors, is because the test results are used to examine their performance as an educator, which should not be the
By STEVE MCCLAIN says, “Students at my school are doing worse than ever on state assessment tests… Perhaps less electives are required in order for test scores to rise.” That is a false statement. Just because there would be less electives doesn’t mean that it will cause tests scores to go up tremendously, because if there are less electives it’ll give the students an excuse to mess around more because they are bored. If a student is the type who loves to talk, their favorite elective most likely takes their mind off talking. With less electives the student has nothing to do but not pay attention and talk, because they have a lot of unused
In some schools almost half of the students have had test anxiety, but the number of students who suffer from test anxiety varies greatly between schools, “depending on factors such as gender, race, and socioeconomic status” (Wood et al. 234). An effect of this test induced anxiety is the increased probability that inaccurate scores are the consequences because of the inaccurate representation of their knowledge. Stress causes the student’s mind to go blank and forget all the information which they have been studying. 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.
“Such tests reward quick answers to superficial questions.” (FairTest). Standardized tests do not allow students to think creatively and encourages teachers to teach to a constricted curriculum instead of more depth of knowledge. Most students are able to achieve a proficient score to meet requirements, but for some it has become a hurdle that has kept them from achieving their diploma. Some at risk students feel overwhelmed and defeated and choose to drop out of high school without receiving a diploma. Trying to be meet a “standardized” test score now limits these students in achieving their full academic potential and may limit their career
The standardized tests were very “dry” you could say and I do know that I did not look forward to them. I do know as well they are there for a reason and students do have to take them, I just wish they pertained to the actual student’s knowledge and interests a bit more. The way my high school prepared their students for the standardized tests is by having many very informative and very basic reviews. Each teacher would have a day they had assignments and questions that will be similar to the standardized tests and we would go over those questions on our own and with the class. We would have discussions about them in the class, the teacher would also give comparable tests in the class as practice tests.
Schools in America take a test each year called the standardized test, which is a tool used to measure the effectiveness of the school, the teacher, and the performance of the student. However, “standardized tests have been a part of American education since the mid- 1800s. Their use sky rocketed after 2002’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) mandated annual testing in all 50 states” (Standardized Tests - ProCon.org.). In addition, for years teachers have been on a schedule to cram their students with information that is a majority of the time only relevant to what is on the standardized test. Teachers push this information onto their students because the Standardized test scores are really important to the school, and it makes the school appear
The more times that a teacher can help a student one-on-one is more times that a student can pass a test or improve their grades on their homework and tests. Not only does this give room for improvement, but it also limits room for error. In conclusion, I believe that the typical grading system is more effective than the non-typical grading system. The new grading system sets students up for failure by forcing them to focus on only one end of semester assignment which is only showing what they know at that time. But how are they expected to excel even on that assignment, if they do not receive the attention and help necessary from their teachers.
Standardized testing assesses a student’s individual performance and does not consider exterior factors. Test achievement plays a big part on those factors. Something as simple as a cold on the day of testing may prevent a student from performing well on test day. Pretest anxiety is also a common occurrence for many students. “Standardized testing only evaluates the individual performance of the student instead of the overall growth of that student over the course of the year.
Some ways that standardized tests are useful in schools are that they help parents keep track of how their children are doing. Most parents don 't know what it 's like to take these tests that their children are now, because it was implemented until early 2000’s so most parent have taken only the ACT and that 's it. The parents also can see how their children are doing, but they don 't know how it corresponds to what they are suppose to be learning in class. Another reason it is beneficial is that it allows students progress to be tracked over the years. If the student has high test anxiety, how will they expect to do any better on the next test?
This includes headaches, stress, and getting very little sleep. The problem is they want students to take a variety of standardized tests to determine if they pass. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was created to allow no students to get left behind. This act required students to be tested in math and English every year starting in third grade. The new Common Core curriculum has set standards to help prepare students for college and the real world.
Welcome to the age of testing, where standardized tests reign supreme in the classroom. Today, schools religiously use standardized tests as a tool to measure success. Every year a new set of standards are released because the test scores the year before were not adequate. Leaving teachers and students under pressure to perform better. The pressure to do so well has led to cheating scandals and school districts scores being eliminated.
This aspect has resulted into a decrease of time spent in the recess. As a result, children’s’ emotional, social, and academic well-being is compromised in the long run (Ricci 351). Moreover, the fact that the federal funds are only availed to schools which meet specific thresholds, have put schools under pressure to ensure that their students can meet the requirements through standardized tests. As such, schools spend much time evaluating the students’ performance such that whenever “the students are not sitting for the standardized tests, then they are being prepared to sit for the tests” (Kohn 47). As a result, students skip or neglect other important activities such as extracurricular activities such as games in order to prepare adequately for the