ACT & SAT vs Our Children’s Future?

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One thing strikes fear into the hearts of most high school students across the United States: the ACT and SAT. Before a high school student can be accepted into most colleges or universities they must first take a test. Whether it is the ACT or SAT, students are forced to sit in a silent room for hours on end while answering hundreds of question about information they are supposed to know. The truth is that our students are suffering from such gruesome tests knowing that it could potential hurt their plans for the future. One teacher compares testing to “checking to make sure a plant is growing properly by repeatedly ripping it out of the ground and examining the roots. When the plant is placed back into the soil, it does not remain the same but rather is traumatized by the drastic act” (Schneider 30). Why must our children suffer through such anxiety-causing tests just to know if they were taught enough in high school to make it through college? As parents of these suffering students, it seems to be our duty to make a change for a better test.
Parents, do not believe that testing our young high school students is without reason. John Chubb believes that the ACT and SAT are a way to keep the schools of the right track with their curriculum and making sure they are not lacking in any certain area (11). We all want to make sure that our students are getting the education that they deserve and having them complete the ACT or SAT ensures that our students and our school system is doing the best that they can. The government uses the ACT and SAT to hold school systems accountable for the education of your child. Colleges use ACT and SAT scores to measure how well a student would be able to do in higher level classes and if th...

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... best even if it doesn’t live up to the standards of the United States’ education system. We can make a change and we must make a change for the safety of our children’s future.

Works Cited

Chubb, John. “Giving Assessment a Better Name.” Independent School 73.2 (2014): 9-11. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
Doorey, Nancy. "The Common Core Assessments: What You Need To Know." Educational Leadership 71.6 (2014): 57-60. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 Apr. 2014.
Emanuel, Ezekiel J. "Test Our Children Well." New Republic 244.16 (2013): 9-10. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.
Paul, Annie Murphy. "Relax, it’s Only a Test." Time 181.5 (2013): 42-45. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.
Schneider, Stephanie, and Christison, Matt. "Are Exams Bad For Children?" New Internationalist 464 (2013): 30-32. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Jan. 2014.