Annually, about 1.7 billion dollars are spent on standardized tests (Ujifusa). These tests waste a lot of money and do not improve education in any way. The 1.7 billion dollars that we waste could be spent on higher education, but instead it’s wasted on these tests. Students across America are struggling to pass their classes, and they could use more support from teachers. The money that we’re wasting on standardized tests could go to helping these students, but it’s practically thrown away.
One major way this program failed was the use of standardized testing. The tests given in these schools were given to all students, including disabled, special education students, and students with IEPs. It is not effective to assess results of standardized testing among an entire population of students, many of whom do not learn or take tests in the same ways. Another way this program failed was the fact that each state created their own tests. With this privilege, every state is able to lower the standards of the tests, making them easier for students to complete successfully and portray results of improvement.
Taking unuseful tests are not only pointless, but they put too many kids/teens into anxiety and even depression. 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.
The argument against homework is that it is unhelpful, leads to increased amounts stress in students, and inflicts negative effects on their academic ability and performance. These are critical criticisms of homework, however, they fail to see the negatives are only caused by unnecessary amounts of homework and also fail to realize the major benefits homework offers to students. Homework has been apart of our society and our school system for countless decades,
Students are also getting less learning time, due to the time it takes for test prep. They even will take out daily announcements and pep-rallies to “prepare” the students for the tests they have that day (Ramey). With everything comes a Pro and Con side, but it is to find middle ground which is important. This argument of standardized testing, has the side of the nation trying to keep up with the standards of other country, because we are falling a bit behind in academics, compared to other countries. There is where a line where students aren’t getting the all-round experience and knowledge that they need to succeed.
The test score gap affects all minorities. Furthermore, preparing for rigorous standardized testing is taking time away from teaching the required curriculum. The excessive testing is also imposing an unhealthy amount of stress of students. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Education should reduce standardized testing due to its cultural biases, high-stakes, and reduction in curriculum. Minorities are typically at a disadvantage when taking a standardized test, because they are already at a racial, cultural, and socioeconomic disadvantage prior to the test.
If students and others disregard the topic that children shouldn’t get paid for good grades, it will be their own problem and it can negatively affect a students future due to not having certain life skills and will only end up hurting them in the long run. Children should most likely not be paid for grades because so many negative outcomes are to follow with it and it is just seen as a good deal in the short
As many of them have already found out is that teachers at Poston Butte don 't like excuses for late work. From the first day of school on the 25th, a considerable amount of students are failing. This could be because they were not prepared for the seriousness and strictness of the grading policy here at Poston Butte High school. This being said, could this have shaken up some of the freshman? Or even made the High School transition a little rough and scary?
For instance, “In short, standardized testing and teaching are all too often in conflict”( Rapple, B., 2017, 197). This text shows that schools are fighting with each other to show who is best. Additionally, the example “Weaker pupils, those perceived as unlikely to pass, were also often neglected by teachers”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195). The weaker pupils were neglected because the teachers want to train the best students for the test, so their school gets a higher score vs the rest of the country. Lastly, the author states, “Many were left ignorant of how to apply arithmetic in day-to-day life”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195).
An increasing high school dropout rate is due to the fact that our education system is a grade-based system, that uses standardized tests to measure ones intelligence and achievements. Students who don’t measure up as well as others in terms of their grades, begin to quit at an earlier stage in education, with the belief they aren’t good enough to succeed in further education. With education inflation, the grade standards and pressure for students, are at a constant rise, which makes it more difficult for students to excel. For example, if a student was once a B grade student, they could easily be downgraded to a low C, because of the increasing competitive rivalry amongst students. As shown in Figure 3.
The pressure to do so well has led to cheating scandals and school districts scores being eliminated. Due to the standardized testing obsession, both students and teachers suffer. The modern classroom has been transformed from core classes and electives to a test preparation factory. Never has a test been so important, students are taught that their score is their worth. If a student does not meet benchmark
Like Barry Bonds on steroids, the overemphasis on standardized learning and assessments has distorted the true meaning of learning. Even if limited data was made available to “demonstrate” the efficacy of high stakes testing on improving math and reading scores, the negative implications behind testing are never taken into consideration. The very real practical result of years of NCLB-type reforms is that the intellectual life has been squeezed out of classrooms. The phrase “high standards” (or rigorous) by definition refers to standards that everyone won’t be able to meet. If everyone could meet them, this would be evidence that the standards were too low.
Too many students are getting high grades in classes they put forth no effort into. They copy off of a smart students because they know that the correct answers will score them a good grade. On paper, they are surpassing the ones who aren’t cheating because unlike the scholars who they copy from, the cheaters can pick and choose their answers from several ideal sources. By ensuring that these students are punished for cheating and are given the appropriate grade, teachers would be forcing them to learn the course material because the student would fail
It creates an obsession with test scores as a chief “accountably” metric for students, educators and schools. This system has led to the exams becoming an end instead of a means to an end. For instance, according the Joh Holt, within the learning environment “the air practically vibrates with suspicion and anxiety, the child learns to live in a daze, saving his energies for those small parts of his life that are too trivial for the adults to bother with, and thus remain his.” (E) This represents the crucial and harsh environment students experience when facing tests. It puts unnecessary stress on the minds of students and degrades their self worth into nothing. These systems of compulsory secondary schools can all too often resemble prisons.” (A) “It is a rare child who can come through his schooling with much left of his curiosity, his independence or his sense of his own dignity, competence and worth.” (E) The standardized testing system evidently shows the negative effect on the morale of the students.
Many issues, such as poverty, unemployment, domestic violence and other variations of it, high crime rates, drug abuse, and pollution, could be eliminated if our education system was to be enhanced. Unfortunately, the system has failed to maintain relevant and engaging, that it has become disorganized and counterproductive. I’m sure most people can agree that schoolwork consists of a lot of filler tasks and has failed to inform the significance and opportunities that the lesson contains. The school has become heavily infatuated with testing and test scores beyond any reasonable measure; shouldn’t schools be about on actual education and not testing? There also seems to be a lack of essential Home Economic classes, classes that should teach students how to be a responsible adults by teaching them how to sew, their basic human rights, not only how to use a condom but what to do when they want a child (how to parent), how to care of their own health and others’, politics, financial advice, and basic first aid.