Valid Testing: The Causes And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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Throughout the United States the government has given grants to states who participate in standardized testing. So, it’s a no brainer as to why Virginia participates in them. Ralph Northam’s constituents would be infuriated if he made the decision to remove standardized testing and lose the grant. Students spend so much time preparing to pass these state-wide tests but are also expected to study for final exams in all of their classes. Final exams shouldn’t have to be taken unless the student fails a standardized test or isn’t in good academic standing with that specific class. Other reasons that students shouldn’t have to test are that people don’t test well, the class is over and students will not get an opportunity to correct their mistakes, and in the real-world tests aren’t administered, projects are given. Some teachers and parents insist that their children or students need to take as many tests possible because they are on a college preparation track. If a student is on a college preparation track then they should expose themselves to more challenging and competitive environments, such as advanced; advanced placement; dual enrollment, or joint enrollment courses. In these environments students will already be exposed to the intense curriculum and the frequent testing. The pupils in these programs typically thrive in competitive and intense environments that are designed for the child who achieves more. For students who aren’t on the college preparation track
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