When students score poorly on standardized tests, school districts are coerced to lose federal education f... ... middle of paper ... ...ngle test that does not even measure the entirety of a student’s intelligence. School districts who are afforded minimal test preparation cannot expect their students to successfully pass as well as the students in another school district who can afford a plethora or test preparation. Hence, these poor school districts suffer from the state education officials. Standardized tests cause schools to focus more or their instructional time on the test instead of focusing their teaching on the other skills students need to succeed in life. This test preparation even removes any chance of students being able to broaden their horizons with other supplementary education since test preparation commonly involves memorizing the same facts or knowledge.
Standardized tests also do not incorporate all of the different types of learning, and since this is the case not all of the testing results are measured accurately, which can make the results be very incorrect. Many studies show that older high school students tend to not take the mandated standardized test but rather “have fun” with the test by filling in the answer bubbles with pictures (Tests 3). The only time that students care about the results of a test are if they affect their grades or future goals. From th... ... middle of paper ... ...mine. "Problems with Standardized Testing."
The majority of parents and students have an opinion on standardized testing, but many people are unaware of the real effect standardized testing has on public school. Michelle Obama, the 44th First Lady of the United States says, “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn 't be here. I guarantee you that.” Standardized Testing should be eliminated from public schools because it negatively impacts the education system. Despite the views of many, it is crucial parents are informed of the true effect standardized testing has on students’ education as well as the way teachers and schools are perceived. Standardized testing takes away from curriculum, does not accurately measure intelligence, and students’
Standardized testing lacks skills such as creative thinking, compassion, and perspective (Sternberg). For instance, in standardized tests, whether it's a multiple choice test or true or false test, there is only one right answer (“Standardized Testing”). How about all the other options? Creative thinkers have the ability to think outside of a structure that offers more than one right answer. Moving on, students get complaints from parents saying they not smart enough when they do not pass they those standardized test (“Why More Standardized).
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top (RTTT) are a few to name. Due to the passage of these laws the nation has become increasingly dependent upon standardized testing in order to evaluate students progress. Although lawmakers are trying their best to educate the students and measure their progress, standardized testing is not an accurate way to measure a child’s progress. Our current standardized testing system is not displaying the true intelligence of test takers. This is due to a variety of factors such as examiners' errors, over interpretation of the tests' data, failure to include certain age groups of students, and marketability (Czubaj 1).
An article by Greg Jouriles helps explain why we don’t need these tests. He claims, “Standardized tests are unnecessary because they rarely show what we don’t already know” (Jouriles, Greg). He also goes on to explain that one’s test score isn’t reliable and that we should trust the teachers when grades are published. A school system can accurately judge the students in the school on what they are good at better than the standardized tests do. They can break down many different aspects of what students need to improve on and what they are already knowledgeable of.
They strain students to extremes and cause substantial learning consequences. The encumbrance of standardized tests has put too much pressure on students to succeed. All students are expected to take identical tests to determine how much they have learned, even though they are educated in different ways. These tests have several flaws and are not as credible as we believe them to be. A standardized test is any type of test in which all aspects are identical, such as the questions, scoring method, and format.
"Standardized Tests - ProCon.org.) Most schools across America rely heavily on ineffective overuse of standardized testing. The test can be very helpful, but not in intense and stressful situations. (Ravitch.151) Some schools place too much responsibility and accountability on the teachers and educators. (Ravitch.154 ) Critics would argue that certain standardized tests do not meet the qualifications necessary to judge the progress of a student or a teacher.
We have somehow made the “assumption that test scores equal student achievement [and]…that test scores predict success in life” (Harris 23). If a test could be used to determine a human’s success, then many great leaders of our nation’s past would not have contributed inventions, scientific findings, or other essential ingredients to our everyday life in the present. Students’ self-worth is being destroyed daily simply because they are not as good at memorizing information as their fellow classmate. Also, school districts use test results as an outlet to claim that they have the smartest and most intelligent students. Teachers are observed and judged by their students’ test scores instead of their ability to walk into a classroom and get students excited about learning.
The use of these tests has begun to not only affect the form of education but the level of knowledge students are taking away from their educational experience. Although standardized testing is used throughout the country, it is an unreliable measure of education and is dramatically changing the curricula causing a creativity crisis. Standardized testing is an unreliable measure of schools and should not be used to measure student learning, achievement gaps,and/or teacher student quality. They are unfair and discriminatory towards students from low income and minoritygroup backrounds; english language learners and students with disabilities. According to W. James Popham, an expert on educational assessment, “if children come from advantaged families and stimulus rich environments, then they are more apt to succeed on items in standardized achievement tests than other children whose environments don't mesh as well with what the tests measure” (W. James Popham).