With these ideas in mind, why should standardized tests declare if a child passes, if these common factors are relevant in possibly every child? Besides these factors, one important factor messes with a child quite frequently. Test anxiety is one of the most common reasons for why a child might not pass on a standardized test. Investigation provides us that test anxiety is a disorder in which people experience stress and feel nervous when taking an exam (“Test Anxiety”). The affect this disorder can have on people is unreal.
Students also can feel pressured by their inner drive to succeed, a quest for perfection or a fear of failure, especially if they may be unfamiliar with the English language or are not yet up to the reading or developmental level of the test in front of them (Frenette 5). When a child is under stress it disrupts the working memory," said South Glens Falls middle school teacher Jon Larson (Frenette 18). Additionally, he said, with the introduction of Common Core testing, "more students are struggling with test anxiety and, it seems, math." Students "take so many" tests that anxiety rises (Frenette 19). "I see it as a prevalent issue and I'm concerned it's becoming worse," Larson said(Frenette
The accountability of the scores is meant to encourage teachers to adopt better and more effective methods of teaching, as well as to urge students to work harder. However the effects are more detrimental. Because of testing, students are more likely to be frustrated and discouraged at having to move so fast to cover all the ground needed. If a student is having a bad day or just is not a good test taker, all anyone can say is “tough luck.” The teachers will only focus on the select subjects tested on, and then only the select aspects they believe will be covered in the testing. Depending on how desperate a teacher is for good test scores, inappropriate preparations can be made before testing, sometimes even to the point of cheating.
Although, some say standardized testing is beneficial to the way students learn, statistics show that this is simply not true, standardized testing adds unnecessary stress on students, suppresses their creativity, and limits the creativity of teachers. To begin, standardized testing puts a lot of unhealthy stress on students and gives them even more problems to worry about. Many students find standardized testing to be extremely stressful and can lead to faulty habits. According to the author Quinn, Mulholland: "One student couldn’t handle the stress of all of these tests and broke down in the middle of one. “She had a complete meltdown,” Neely-Randall told the HPR.
Yes, because then they somewhat know what to be expecting when the actual test comes. They can prepare for the test better and ask the teachers more questions. Do the students face pressure when they are trying to improve their score? Yes, because when they are trying to improve their score they feel anxiety. They try to improve their score because everybody else has a better one than them so they feel they are not good enough.
There are multiple things that could keep students from excelling in school. According to ‘Pros vs. Cons of Extended School Days’, “Before deciding to extend the school day, consider changes that can be incorporated to solve the specific issues the school is facing.” Extending school hours is the easy way to approach the issue, but it isn’t that simple. One cause of low test scores is the misuse of time in class. There are many students who have trouble with time management. They often struggle to finish their work on time because they’re engaged in conversations or things other than their assignment.
As a result, some schools are finding it tough to score above average on these test giving teachers no option, but to focus solely on learning outcomes that meet high stake test requirements. Additionally, students with low test score were always pressured by their teacher to achieve high test, scores and when they did not produce higher results, some educator, believed, if they punished the student they would become more serious with schooling and work hard to avoid the pressure or humiliating punishments (Hurley, 2007). I used to be an advocate of high stakes testing, but now I oppose high stakes testing sine I have seen first hand myself the damage it does to a student. Also, I several educators and professional use high stakes test results as a single indicator for measuring a person's competence or determining their future outcome, even though research has proven these tests is highly
Students that lack understanding and comprehension are often tempted by the shortcuts of cheating in the classroom.Tommy Raskin in his article “Cheating Students How Our Schools Fail the Humanistic Vision of Education” state “Students are pushed into constant moods of discontent and reckless behavior because school restricts them to an insular environment for the greater portion of their week”(25). Instead of bemoaning students of learning, teachers should build an authentic and empowering way
Tests already stress students out and now a bigger one comes with more stress. Students also have barely enough time to finish the tests, well most students anyway. To begin with standardized tests manifest stress on the student’s mind. Stress in a student testing can often result in unclear knowings of the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Many students get confused on simple questions and that can result in unclear answers.
Many students have been found to become highly nervous and anxious taking these tests. As Ravitch (2013), “the exams looked like AP exams and were beyond the reach of many students”. These tests must be revised so that the majority of students can actually understand them. While some may be able to perform at this level not all will and believing that making something harder will improve ability is insane. Students must not be expected to do well on tests they don’t even understand.