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.
For many years, school systems and parents all over America have been asking- does high school testing measure a student’s knowledge fairly, accurately, and do they benefit the student. The tests do not accurately measure a student’s true academic ability. Furthermore, testing does not always fairly measure a student’s knowledge. High-stakes testing only adds stress to a student’s life. Studies have proven that testing is not beneficial to a student’s educational growth.
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.
So, if you put that into perspective, our schools are being judged based on test results when the tests themselves are not ideal education. They are not a part of the ideal education that the kids actually remember and help them succeed in their everyday life. These standardized tests scores are not a good indication of a school’s competency because it does not prove knowledge or understanding. They take light away from real life educational understanding and put the emphasis on passing a silly test. In school all kids are really forced to worry about is learning the knowledge used to pass the state tests.
Standardized testing does not measure how much a student achieves or actually understands for many reasons, therefore the stakes should be lowered. Achievement is when someone completes something successfully, and is differently defined for each person. Achievement is a very difficult thing to truly measure therefore how it is possible they be measured accurately by standardized tests. In “Standardized Tests Do Not Effectively Measure Student Achievement”, psychometrician Daniel Koretz believes there are two reasons testing does not accurately measure school achievement. First, tests don’t fully measure all important aspects of education, and second, tests only measure small parts of students ' knowledge (Philp Harris).
After going through high school and now being in college, I have realized that high school can be sort of a joke because it often does not fill its mission. High schools waste students valuable time, on drilling unimportant information and enforcing pointless rules. Students should use that time to be getting educated for the real world and not to just pass a test. Although preparing for standardized testing is very important, schools need to focus on educating students on how the world works. Many aspects go into creating an effective high school program.
On the other hand, standardized testing is viewed as an inaccurate way to measure the knowledge of students because it cannot portray and convey the many characteristics that could make them a good student. Many people believe that standardized testing is the best way to measure student’s achievements effectively because it provides the colleges with accurate achievements from the students. The way this is measure is through either of these Standardized Tests; SAT [Scholastic Aptitude Test] and ACT [American College Testing]. These tests provide the colleges with the grades that the high school students are predicted the success while attending there university. (source 4) In some research show that, standardized tests are a great way to measure a student’s knowledge and skills because they are comprehensive, open-minded, and effective.
While these advances are beneficial, standardized exams often hurt already disadvantaged schools, promote states to lower their standards of education, and cause schools to focus more on the exams themselves rather than on their students' actual learning (Karp). One of the major foundations of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a national law requiring public schools to distribute standardized tests at least once a year, is that schools may be sanctioned by the federal government as a result of poor test grades. Obviously, this threat places an extraordinary amount of stress on schools to do well on their exams and holds teachers and administrators more accountable. However, it also causes teachers to teach the test rather than their curriculum, allowing students to perform better on exams without actually understanding the tested material (Karp). Test-teaching has become so common that students may actually take classes helping them to improve test scores, and whole days of public school are spent teaching kids better and faster ways to eliminate wrong answers (Gallagher).
Standardized testing is thought to be a method of encouraging students from K-12 grades to perform well in the academic environment. However, it does not do what it is meant to do. In Peter Sacks’s article, “Do No Harm: Stopping the Damage to American Schools,” Sacks points out the fact that standardized testing actually discourages students’ intent of studying, especially to the students who attend schools in poor school districts (44-47). Lower classes and minority races as African Americans and Asian Americans are mainly in those poor school districts. Due to the low family income and tax rate, poor school district... ... middle of paper ... ...ducation 78.3 (2009): 277-289.
Time seems to be moving at a relatively slower pace than usual. It’s theoretically not possible but every student who is taking a standardized test will have to disagree. What’s a Standardized test you ask, well it’s the all-around test that evaluates a student’s performance in school, which helps for both the student and the school to improve their academics in the future. It’s a laughable definition indeed. Standardized testing in the past has been nothing short of waste of time, a faulty process that is unnecessarily nerve whacking that it damages a students and a teacher’s future.