Standardized Tests and Final Exams: The Assessments Which May Determine a Student’s Future Intro: Excellent test scores show excellent schooling, while poor test scores show poor schooling. That has become the value of standardized tests in schools over the years (Popham, James). Additionally, those tests can write the entire future of a student, starting at the point when doing poorly on a standardized test can ruin your hope of getting into a good college. But the question is: is the stress that students build up from standardized tests truly worth it? The answer is debatable.
Schools can now exempt students in each grade level from standardized tests so that teachers can expand on new and diverse topics, students will have a better chance of proving their knowledge with more class discussions, and students of all races and abilities will be able to show their understanding of the material in different forms. To conclude, standardized testing scores are never accurate and students do not take them very seriously. Standardized tests do not measure a student’s abilities, because in this new generation, students are finding more creative ways to show their understanding of a
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. According to Ergene, “[t]est anxiety is specific to testing situations that impact a student’s performance on the test, thus inhibiting the test score as an accurate representation of academic knowledge and skill” (qtd. in Wood et al. 234). Test anxiety is not a rare issue that affects students’ scores; it is a recurring issue brought on by standardized testing and the
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.
Obama said “learning is more than just filling in a little bubble”.There are so many bubbles that students miss have of there being a lot of bubbles so they would loose track. not accomplishing anything students take the standardized test and still able to pass their grade and when they 're put in the low classes they still are going to have still learn the same thing as the advanced class Also students student are not able to think when they take a lot of test.four in ten districts to
Often enough teachers come into the education field not knowing that what they teach will affect the students in the future. This article is about how these thirteen rules are taught as ‘tricks’ to make math easier for the students in elementary school. What teachers do not remember is these the ‘tricks’ will soon confuse the students as they expand their knowledge. These ‘tricks’ confuse the students because they expire without the students knowing. Not only does the article informs about the rules that expire, but also the mathematical language that soon expire.
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
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.
“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
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
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.
As Cathy Seeley explains in the article, Faster Isn’t Smarter: The Trap of Timed Tests, “Some students are good at timed tests and some are not. Students are also was prevented from finishing the test, something that causes some them a tremendous amount of stress.” Furthermore, the teacher was led to falsely believe that the student did not know the topic well. When students are put under tremendous amounts of stress, they often underperform because of the presence of anxiety. Indeed some of the students who completed the test and did well were those who indicated the most severe anxiety, talking about being “scared” when they were asked to take the test. The following were responses from fourth and second graders: “Complete this sentence, This test made me feel…” ‘Worried that I won’t finish.’ ‘It just scares me that I might get a bad score.’ ‘Nervous because I am afraid I will not finish or make a mistake.’ As you can see by this study done at Stanford University, students are more focused on the time constraint rather than performing well on the test.
There is also a fear that the students will not comprehend the English language as well as the native English speakers because teachers are just teaching to the test. For the schools interviewed the majority said that they had to increase the amount of English instruction that the students received a day to help with the language proficiency that is on the tests. One size does not fit all, especially when it comes down to ELLs. It is hard from ELLs to be completely knowledgeable in one language when both are equally important for them. However, with the standardized tests that have a great amount of accountability towards both the school and the student, it is
The purpose of this test was to assist in the evaluation of an individual students’ ability to excel in college, which of course, hasn’t been doing a great job. And to make matters worse, the same students that are earning A’s of B’s in their AP, honors, or duel enrolled classes, are having their fate determined because their test scores aren’t deemed worthy for recognition. Thousands of colleges and universities are missing out on the opportunity of having excellent and well-determined students at their school, because there too gung ho about the “cut-off” (or minimum) score. Colleges that are too focused on the cut-off score are subliminally reminding students that good grades do not matter; volunteer hours aren’t really a big deal; receiving awards isn’t anything special; unless they have the high SAT or ACT score to validate it. This can make a student feel like everything they worked so hard to accomplish was a complete waste of time.
Standardized Tests: More Harm Than Good? The question of whether standardized tests are doing more good than harm has been becoming more and more of a controversial topic. This is especially important because it is a high school graduation requirement to pass these types of tests. Students shouldn 't have to pass a statewide standardized test before graduating because some students may be bad test takers, students may not be able to afford tutoring, and may struggle with connecting what they learn in class to the real world. Standardized tests aren 't an accurate way to test a child 's knowledge because the student could be having a bad day which would affect their score.