Higher test scores result in financial benefits for the school. The financial benefit does not eliminate the negative impact of standardized testing on students. Miner said, “Today, children are being flunked, denied access to a preferred program or school, or even refused a high school diploma on the basis of a single standardized test.” How are standardized test good for students if they give them all these negative limitations if a student doesn’t do well, if a student does terrible on a test, then will they get a chance to retake it? No, a student is only allowed to take the SAT one time, so it’s all or nothing when it comes to these tests. Now that I’ve described to you the basic arguments against standardized tests do you want students sitting in a room filling in millions of bubbles taking a test that is supposed to prove how smart you or when it really only proves how well you can take a standardized test or do you want to eliminate standardized testing and focus on truly educating our youth?
In spite of the people who believe that standardized tests are a key factor to determine a student’s academic abilities, standardized tests distract students from their current studies, they are only designed for one way of learning and comprehending material, and they are biased to students. Standardized tests distract students from their current studies and take away any extra learning opportunities that they have to elaborate on a specific topic. Standardized tests take away time for students and teachers in the classroom to continue their studies or learn something with purpose
“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
In Massachusetts, administering standardized tests is a fiercely debated topic that most students oppose. There is a widespread debate around whether or not taking standardized tests is valuable to students’ education. Especially in Massachusetts, many students find that standardized testing is invaluable and unfair. They believe that standardized tests are biased because only students who are skillful at taking tests will do well on these exams. However, this perspective is false.
The standardized tests were very “dry” you could say and I do know that I did not look forward to them. I do know as well they are there for a reason and students do have to take them, I just wish they pertained to the actual student’s knowledge and interests a bit more. The way my high school prepared their students for the standardized tests is by having many very informative and very basic reviews. Each teacher would have a day they had assignments and questions that will be similar to the standardized tests and we would go over those questions on our own and with the class. We would have discussions about them in the class, the teacher would also give comparable tests in the class as practice tests.
So, the result of this approach—judging teachers by the score gains of their students—will incentivize teachers to avoid students with the greatest needs. This is just plain stupid as a matter of policy” (Germain). This quote is important because it relates to students not learning well because of issues at home or medical reasons. To explain, it talks about children with disabilities or who are homeless or something along those lines aren’t going to learn as well as other students. If teachers have these students in their class then they aren’t going to get paid very much from them.
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.
After students have taken the standardized tests, their scores are then averaged up and published and the different schools are then ranked from highest to lowest score. Because of this, teachers and professors end up teaching to the test due to the terror of losing their jobs. According to Scholastic.com, “it is unfair for schools to be compared because the test-takers are different sets of people, which cause a biased manipulation in statistics.” Educators neglect to teach students the appropriate skills that go beyond the classroom and tests, since they are now too caught up in preparing their students for these standardized tests. Educators are now using their time explaining the topics that will be a part of the tests, which leads them to forget to teach the students life lessons that go beyond the classroom walls. Another reason why standardized tests pressures mentors, is because the test results are used to examine their performance as an educator, which should not be the
Middle school can be a hard time for most students, it’s also when us kids find out more about ourselves and that’s where electives come in. Electives are supposed to help kids find out what they want to do/be in life, and if they are reduced it would be like forcing kids to do math, science, etc. for a living. If a kid doesn’t have anything to do all school year or even during the summer, electives would help activate the kid’s interests. According to the text Schools Should Leave No Elective Behind, Bob Balmer states, “More class choices would benefit students in preparing them for their ideal careers and providing smaller class sizes.” Kids should have the opportunity to discover what they want to do in life at an early age rather than high school, because in high school it’s almost time to go to college and pick a major but they didn’t have enough time to try any possibilities.
If the tests are not used to evaluate teachers and schools, and each state administers its own version of standardized examinations, taking time away from student learning to prepare for them seems purposeless and wasteful. To that end, this research paper seeks to answer the following question: what role do standardized tests play in the education of students living
Does Standardized Test Define You As A Person? School isn’t about learning anymore it’s about teaching us to pass a test! To expect the average student to manage their already challenging schedule while simultaneously studying for the ACT or SAT is unrealistic and unfair. American students are spending most of their school hours preparing for standardized tests rather than learning quality stuff. Some American schools test over every subject putting even more pressure students.
The moral dilemma is that if a teacher has nothing to gain from his or her students taking the test he or she will tend to avoid it. MAP testing is required for students to take some teacher take it seriously others only do it for the pay raise. Even some teachers do not even look at the scores, because the actually talk to their students and find out where the are on their own. It really depends on the teacher. MAP testing should stay as an option, but it should not be required.
Secondly, the Payment teacher data artifact helps to understand the intention of the students who remain in the course. After an orientation, students are familiar regarding standardized testing and other prerequisites and course requirements. If students will be tested using a standardized instrument the teacher will have less flexibility in choosing the material proposed to be covered in a course. In order to achieve maximum success on the test, course objectives and lessons will need to closely align with the intended test students will
A Big Think (2011) article stated “The trick for educators, colleges, and individuals is remembering that test scores are merely one (imperfect) indicator of how you stack up against the crowd, not an assessment of any your future potential” (p. 1). A test should not be a success indicator. I have learned that human behavior is unpredictable, so we cannot assume a number will determine a student 's success. Claude Steele (2012), Psychologist, pointed out that the SAT only measures about 18 percent of the things that it takes to do well in school. The SAT doesn’t effectively measure the elements which have been learned throughout high school; instead it seems to test how well of a test taker people are.
All throughout the article Jesness describes her personal experience of refusing this “floating standard” then going along with it. The author of “A Test Worth Teaching To” gives an example where a teacher rearranged teaching style and the classroom to solely focus on the students who were closest to being “proficient” (Headden A12). While this may impact those kids that are focused on, the other kids are pushed aside on the back burner. The main reason behind this is that teachers are forced to have their students reach a certain level of success by standards set by the nation and their bosses. The number of tests that students have to take removes their ability to be creative and have an opinion.