For example, the stress that students have due to the tests can encourage them to cheat, take performance drugs, and do other illicit acts. Also, students are not truly learning, since test companies do not give any feedback on how to do better and improve test scores. Another negative aspect of standardized tests is that they declare everything a student has learned and experienced over the years as a single number, the student’s score. The poor scorers would then lose self-esteem, while the well scorers are pressurized to keep scoring well, many of whom completely lose time for fun. Those well scorers might not even be as smart as they were thought to be.
Students will never succeed if they never receive help on the lesson that they have problems with; however, students will never receive the help they need if the teacher never notices, which is possible due to the non-traditional grading system. Although teachers try their best to help, the lack of homework assignments, tests, and quizzes causes some students’ problems to slip under the radar, like illegal immigrants. Moreover, the typical grading system gives the student room to improve. If a student is struggling on an overnight assignment of a specific lesson, when the teacher notices the student’s problematic situation, they can provide additional help to the individuals that need it. 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.
Being taught this at such a young, impressionable age is one of the fundamental causes as to why we view failure so negatively. Nevertheless, we should view failure as an opportunity for an individual to receive feedback on what they did well, and aspects that can be improved. In my opinion when society tells a student to be frightful of failure that we inhibit their growth as an individual. Early with students who exhibit a continuous habit of failure tend to be alienated from their peers. A majority of parents believe their child 's report card is indicative of academic achievement in class, however, due to the grade inflation crisis that hinders a multitude of schools today, I believe using a student’s grade should not be a measure of a student’s success.
Another theory to remedy grade inflation involves giving students two grades: One grade is based on how much effort they put in and the other grade is based on their knowledge of the subject or their performance. In this way, a teacher can tell the difference between a student who barely does anything and gets an A and a student who puts hours and hours into his/her work. Because both effort and ability are important for future academic and professional success, it is important to find a balance in grading students. The false sense of security from grade inflation actually hurts, rather than helps, students and their
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
Flunk means to fail to reach standards; students, parents and teachers think it’s a bad thing, but is it really? Instead of thinking the negative of repeating a grade or class, people should see this as practice and becoming successful. Many students may not understand the material and making them retake it will improve their knowledge. In Mary Sherry’s essay, she talks about how teachers and parents should show that flunking is a positive teaching tool. I agree with her because we aren’t all perfect and sometimes we need that extra lesson or we need to repeat the material again.
Recent findings have suggested that schoolchildren in the 1960s and 1970s are more literate than children of today as they didn’t have the same access to technology and spelling correction tools like children today do. It is evident that text messaging is alienating English speakers from their native tongue and natives who wish to learn the language as there are so many new words to be learnt due more abbreviations or slang words being constantly added. Many teachers are intolerant to these slangs and abbreviations which the students prefer as the teachers believe that their students cannot express themselves eloquently. Yet, a study by Sali Tagliamonte shows that students who utilize both informal and formal writing in different contexts are developing a kind of blending of conversational registers employed by teens which not be possible without a sophisticated understanding of both languages. Also, many new abbreviations such ICYMI for in case you missed it or TL/DR for too long didn’t read are consistently being added, wasting more time on searching up what they mean rather than actually using them in conversations.
Many studies have shown that that is an important factor in the learning process, so if they do not feel engaged, not much will be meaningful for them. In most cases, boring and monotonous lessons are the main reason. Tired and unhappy teachers have caused a negative impact on this new generation. It is not acceptable that a child suffers every time he has to go to school. That is why I want to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship and go for the learning and teaching program.
Standardized testing leads teachers to begin teaching to the test because of the fear of economic loss within the school system. Professors Herbert and Hauser stated that, “Standardized test scores promote rote memorization at the expense of critical thinking skills, pressuring teachers to spend most of their instructional time teaching testing material,” (Heubert & Hauser, 1999). Teaching to the test narrows the curriculum from a variety of complex topics to specifying material to what will be on a test. This narrowing of the curriculum can eliminate important topics that encourage critical thinking and can eliminate valuable lessons to students. Over time researchers have found a predictable pattern playing itself out in various states in the United States .When tests are first administered, the scores are distressingly low.