While taking the test, students realize they have not learned some of the material. This is due to poor planning on the states part because, the test is made to test above students’ grade levels. Before, when teachers were making their own teaching plans, they could tell how the test would be from past years and plan accordingly. Poor planning does not only affect the students but the teachers because teachers have to follow a curriculum blindly, they cannot teach their students how to anticipate an unexpected question. The best answer they can give is to try their best and pick the answer that makes the most sense.
Many challengers argue that standardized tests do not take external factors into account, for the intelligence of a bad test taker is not reflected on the test. Multiple students develop test anxiety which ultimately encumbers performance. Additional external factors that may impact test performance include bullying at school, conflict at home, and confidence in one’s test taking ability, or lack thereof. Standardized testing also causes teachers to base their curriculum only around the test, hindering students’ overall learning potential. Due to test results reflecting teacher quality, teachers are pressured to fully prepare their students for these tests.
Grading System Reform Teachers have always used grades to measure the amount a student has learned. This practice is becoming ineffective. Many students have a wide range of grades, which show that grades may not show what a student really knows. Therefore, the standard grading system should be replaced. Some reasons why grades should be replaced are bad grades can hinder a child’s performance, grades define who a student is in the classroom, and grades are not an effective way to see if students have learned the material.
High School Exit Exams Exit Exams are an unfair way of determining whether a student should or should not receive his or her diploma. Most students work very hard throughout high school to receive good grades. This should be enough to determine whether a student should pass high school. There are many intelligent students which do not have good test taking skills, exit exams keep many good students from graduating and teachers have to narrow their lesson plans for these types of exit exams. These are all good reasons why exit exams should not be required in graduating from high school.
This isn’t good for students either, even though they are trying to improve their grades. Since most colleges look for a well-rounded student, a people who quit an activity to focus on a test will be losing the well-rounded advantage on a college application. The student... ... middle of paper ... ...e time to do what they enjoy. This will lead to more successful schools and students. Works Cited "Facts About Standardized Testing."
Consequently, students arrive at college ill-prepared, with shallow educations (Gitlin). For some students, the time they have in the classroom is not enough for them to grasp the topic. While teachers usually offer a period for students to see them for extra help, some students do not have time for this. Most students have commitments outside of the classroom, such as m... ... middle of paper ... ... the student’s full knowledge of the subject. Many standardized test leave out material that students spent months learning, making the time they spent on this material a total waste (Worthen).
The worst things about this rule is, if the students do decide to come to school (even if they are at risk of failing that class) their teacher will have to sit down with the consoler, to decide if the student should pass the class of not. In high school, they are many teenagers who are going through teenager problem. They are students who don’t like their teacher for reasons only they can explain. That student may not be friendly toward their teacher, and the teacher don’t like the student because of his/her attitude, and the teacher decides to fail the student. But that student, may have a very good grade in the class, but because they are disrespectful, that teacher decide to fail that student because he/she has three unexcused absences in class.
Parents and teachers tend to be the main suspects. Parents want to see their kids succeed in everything they do and grades are no different. Some students see a bad grade as them failing their parents because their parents believe in them so much (Weissbourd, 2011). Teachers have multiple reasons why they want to see their ... ... middle of paper ... ...ke school something that the students can look back on and think that it was a meaningful time where they learned a lot about life instead of a time where they thought they would have a break down because they got a low score on a test. School should be a time to make mistakes in a safe environment that they can learn from, not a place that they are petrified to make a mistake for fear of retribution on their grade cards.
If a student is having a bad day or going through a rough time on a test day, this may also determine their entire semester’s work. Standardized tests are often based on one topic, giving the student little room to express their strong points. Tests are called "high-stakes" when they used to make major decisions about a student, such as high school graduation or grade promotion. Tests are called "standardized" when all students answer the same questions under similar conditions and their responses are scored in the same way. Research has shown that high-stakes testing causes damage to individual students and education.
To relieve this burden off their shoulders they use their classmates as a source for information and answers, but the downfall to this method is you learn nothing and y... ... middle of paper ... ...t had stated a student feels, “Cheating takes students to put forth some effort,” (ANI 2). However some can see it as putting effort, I feel that anyone can copy down words that were not written by them. If one continues to cheat the downfall is that on a test where no one can help you, you will most likely fail which will show your teacher of your dishonest act and will look back to see if your work is really yours. I feel through this process of writing this essay that cheating will get you nowhere except to a sheet of paper saying you have failed when there is no others around you that can help you. Cheating can be caused by the wealth of others, the pressure one feels, and just by looking over at someone’s paper.