Standardized testing has become a very controversial topic amongst the nation. There are two sides, one that agrees that these tests are doing well for students and school officials, and another that argues that these tests are hurting the students taking them and should be put to a stop. Norman R. Augustine wrote an article for the need of standardized testing, and Jessie B. Ramey States the ways that the tests are impairing the learning capability of the students. Norman uses three arguments that people opposing the standardized test would most often use.
State standardized tests are exams students take to assess their schools, teachers, and what they learned in their year. Many parents and teachers deem these tests useless and see it as an unnecessary stress added to their child’s life. Students should not be taking this exam because it causes a major curriculum gaps between students, causes stress and loss of interest in school, and after almost a full year of learning, this test is supposed to determine a student 's knowledge of the year’s curriculum. Although some say this test prepares students for college, the stress and loss of interest in school caused by this test and test prep can affect student’s mental health and grades. State tests cause stress and anxiety in students, especially lower performing students because of the pressure of making sure all students, regardless of ability, reaches the same level.
Throughout his whole argument, he provides evidence and examples of why students cheat and explain that students feel more pressured to do well than learn. If the school was more about learning and less about how well a student performs on a standardized test at the end of the year, cheating would be less of a
Getting good grades is already hard enough, and the pressure will not help their cause. According to the National Education Association, (NEA) “Many teachers also say paying students for grades leads to practical problem in their classroom, including pressure to inflate grades.” This could help your child double check his/her answers. However, you are also giving your child anxiety. Anxiety could lead to your child getting depressed and later killing him/herself.
One of the main ways is to have students rest. But when kid still go to school with concussions and get the same amount of school work it can sometimes make the injury worse. For instance, in the Newsela article “Students With Brain Injuries Struggle when They Return to school” it states “ About one third of students who recovered quickly had headaches and concentration problems that hurt their school work. ”This proves that students with concussions should be treated with extra care and support and shouldn’t be getting so much school work. Also, in the newsela article it also says “ Researchers say schools need to do more to help students with brain injuries.
Sometimes, it is easier to blame someone rather than accept the truth and move forward. Medication is not the only answer, and there are other ways to “free” people (Danforth and Kim). Often times, parents can jump to conclusions thinking that medication will solve all problems. This goes to show that people cannot stay trapped in their minds. Many things are controlled by the environment, and misconceptions happen constantly.
Standardized tests have been around for over a century and with its perceived effectiveness, this will continue. A student’s intelligence should not be tested through a series of standardized tests; as there are many alternatives and with the current track the education system is on, may leave a negative impact on more than just the students. Students face many obstacles as they grow in a constantly changing society. The nation’s youth is boggled with mental illnesses and disorders that often go undetectable. The addition of standardized tests adds to psychological torment.
Students who do not have to take standardized tests will not have as much stress as students who take theses tests. According to Bill Maxwell, who did the research, “Each year, thousands of high school students stress out as they prepare to take the SAT or ACT tests to get into college. Many researchers suggest that the singular importance placed on these tests has produced a culture of questionable meritocracy and unfairly blocked thousands of otherwise deserving students from entering the schools of their choice”(Maxell). Accordingly, this shows that students are under stress while preparing for standardized tests. Students are unable to perform well on standardized tests under stress, and are unable to pick the school of their choice due to the stress that causes them to
Students don’t use their time outside of class correctly due to parents not being there to contribute to the students out of school activities. Students will struggle to concentrate in school once coming back from suspension because they have missed out on class activities and also haven’t been able to participate in group tasks that might help them focus and contribute to their grade. Parents also need to contribute to the discipline, but cannot because of them working and also not being able to help the student with the work and understanding of the discipline. Suspending a student should not be a disciplinary measure in primary schools because it can affect their school work, by not giving them the support they need to continue on working in a school class environment as home life and doesn’t help their parents with communicating to their child about the incorrect behaviours due to parents not being able to help support their
When students could be learning meaningful information, teachers are using up that time and giving them tests and exams. Although, we want to be blaming teachers, states and schools are supposed to give out mandatory tests. Who is to blame? According to washington article post, Valerie Strauss, says “The average student in America’s big-city public schools takes some 112 mandatory standardized tests between pre-kindergarten and the end of 12th grade — an average of about eight a year, the study says. ” The state is to blame.
Requiring High School students to pass standardized test before they can get a diploma is a debate that has been going on for quite some time. Should we be required to pass these tests? In my opinion, I don’t honestly think we should. For multiple reasons, but it simply puts too much pressure on a student telling them they have to pass or they don’t get a diploma after all the hard work they did for years. Standardize tests are an unreliable measure of one’s performance.
Often students do not know how to reach out, who to talk to or how to respond to a conflict. For this reason conflicts escalate, even though there are people who are able to train teachers and peers to handle such conflict in healthy way. The traditional school conflict resolution method, where adult decides the outcome for the student is becoming inefficient, so peer mediation provides the student with an opportunity to talk it out and resolve the conflict they. The students see the value n the program, they want to learn how to act when in conflict, beside just with anger and save valuable relationships. This peer mediation program would be effective by reducing violence and fights.
Have you spent 25.3 hours testing in one year? No? If not this is what many current eighth graders have to deal with because of the outburst of standardized tests. In this current debate on standardized tests, some people want to change the way we test while others do not. I think standardized tests should be changed because standardized tests are unreliable, children and teachers spend a lot of time preparing for it, and standardized tests are causing stress in students and teachers.
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
High schools, colleges, and universities should not have honor codes or honor systems because, some colleges cannot enforce them, students will not tell on one another, and the responsibility of others honor is burdened on students. Contradictory to what many may believe many schools lack the authority and control that is essential in maintaining honor codes. This makes it less likely anyone will abide by such codes. As aforementioned, schools don 't have the ability to enforce honor codes in such a way they would change a student 's behavior. Honor codes implementation makes it highly unlikely that there would be any affect on students whatsoever.