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. The first is that these test encourages the teachers just to “teach the test”, but he ensures that, this is exactly what the teachers should be doing.
(3-5) Other critics argue that exit exams might cause students who are already struggling academically to drop out of high school or get a general equivalency (GED) diploma instead. "There's no evidence that these exams encourage students to stay in school," Keith Gayler, of the Center on Education Policy, told The Boston Globe, some educators are also concerned that the exam will disproportionately hurt students for whom English is a second language and those who come from schools with already low graduation rates. Twenty-six states either currently have a high school exit exam or plan to put one in place. Given the number of high school students in these states, it means that exit exams affect more than two-thirds of the nation’s public high school students. These exams vary from state to state in terms of content and opportunities for students who do not pass to retake the test and/or demonstrate competency.
As a student in high school did you ever feel like the standardized test are helping you or making you get in to a better college? Have you ever thought about how many hours students and teachers spend preparing for the standardized test? Many hours and studying are being put into those test but are they really effective and are the test doing the students good in life? Standardized tests are really just to effective, teachers and students spend too much time on them and it’s not doing the students any good, and even it’s not doing the teachers any good. Standardized tests in schools today in Ohio should be stopped because they are causing for teachers to be evaluated by the test results of how the students do on the tests, they are having the students more stressed about school and do they benefit you in colleges and university and do they really look at how well students do on them test.
Physical Punishment Do you think that people might think twice about spanking and physically punishing their children if it leads to your child resenting you, not being able to trust you, or even hurt the way that they function socially and mentally for the rest of their lives? Every day parents are spanking and physically punishing their children, not knowing how it will affect their kids down the road. Some parents may wonder why their child acts out aggressively at school, why they don’t do as well academically as other students, or maybe why they don’t feel comfortable or are scared to come to you when they have made a mistake? The children who are spanked and physically punished may have psychological damage and not function well academically or socially, the relationships between parent and child are compromised by causing lack of trust and
School Suspensions Suspension is a good punishment for misbehaving, but do they really want to be punished by not going to school for a couple of days? Suspensions are used to punish a student who has committed a minor crime in school. Usually kids are committing a “crime” because something has hurt them inside and they’re just trying to show what they’re feeling against the person that made them feel bad. So, is the student really responsible for their actions? Although school suspensions can be useful whenever a student misbehaves, the punishment can sometimes not even affect the student behavior against other students, limit students from learning new curriculum and passing their grade, and could possibly affect their career life.
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. Effects of student test taking are said to lead to test related nervousness.
It is average for a student in high school to take multiple standardized tests that judge how successful they will be in the future. Students tend to be stressed out, under pressure and try to cram everything they’ve learned from the past 18 years of their lives into their head for a test that may mean success or failure. In my opinion, standardized tests should not be mandatory to take for multiple reasons such as people may not be excellent test takers and other factors that come into play when an important day comes up; illnesses, stomach ache, stress, homework, studying and lack of sleep. Standardized testing does not truly test one’s intelligence. It does not let one think for themselves or develop their own thoughts or intellectual
Studies show that this numerical score, otherwise known as VAM (value-added modeling), is both unstable and unfair. The overwhelming tendency for the same teacher’s scores to fluctuate between multiple years concerns the critics of standardized tests and is a major flaw in the system. As stated by Diane Henningfeld, author of Standardized Testing- At Issue, “the true quality of a teacher is likely to change very little over time” (54). The current system, however, frequently penalizes educators when natural fluctuation occurs. Constantly replacing seemingly ineffective teachers is harmful because it does not leave the opportunity for teachers to get comfortable in their position.
Homework is one of the burdensome deeds in high school. Students hate to do it; teachers hate to grade it. Some people wonder, “If everyone hates homework so much, why not simply do away with it and make everybody happy?” If only things were so easy; unfortunately, they are not. Even though homework can often be tedious and time consuming, it does serve a reasonable, justifiable purpose. While it is often inconvenient and unpleasant, it is important that high school students be assigned homework to complete to help teach time management and provide extra practice with the content at hand.
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.
tandardized Tests Should NOT Be Mandatory Thousands of teenagers per year are turned away from the college of their dreams because their SAT scores were not high enough. A lot of students’ plans are ruined because they didn’t score well on one of the mandatory standardized tests. In high school, students can be forced to repeat the grade if they don’t score high enough on standardized tests. After high school, they can be denied by colleges because they didn’t score well enough on these tests. Standardized tests are an unreliable way to measure a student’s intelligence level.
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
Passing a standardized test should never be a high school graduation requirement. Tests are difficult for people with test anxiety, tests don 't cover everything students know or need to know, and test graduation requirements will cause teachers to only formulate lessons based around the test criteria. Test graduation requirements could be one of the worst things we could do with our education system If passing standardized tests were a graduation requirement then people with test anxiety would have a great disadvantage on the test. It is said that as much as 40% of children have test anxiety (half of which have an extreme case). Test anxiety can also affect your grade by on average 12 percentile points.
In today’s society, especially junior and senior year of high school, everyone is too concerned with standardized testing and standardized testing scores. Professionals are question whether teachers are focused on teaching the subject or teaching the test. According to the article “Teach to the Test?,” Teachers are becoming restrictive to curriculums due to rather educators wanting students to “pass” the test. Teaching to the test can be both good and bad, it is good if curriculums are made correctly that allow students to learn what they are supposed to. Whereas, teaching the test can be equally as bad.
These tests are putting too much pressure on a student, which can lead to anxiety causing them to mess up and fail or even drop out before they are given the test because they’re not good at tests and don’t want to try to get told they failed after 4years. Standardized tests are an unreliable measure of a student’s performance. Performance simply means an action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function. Why should I let a test tell me what I know? I feel like standardized test are more for the school then for us.