At times, a student’s future could be reliant on a single test score. This type of testing may be doing more harm than good, proving that this is not really necessary for students to be fully educated. Standardized tests, instead of promoting the achievement of an education, are in fact doing the opposite by limiting learning and deemphasizing the significance of characteristics such as individuality and creativity, ultimately having a harmful effect on students. Standardized exams like the ACT in the United States are mandated partially to motivate students to work harder in school and to promote a better education throughout a nation, categorizing the students into various levels of competence and distinguishing the elite few. But these tests—or any heavily weighted tests that compares students—are not completely n... ... middle of paper ... ...e educators and a happy environment for students instead of spending so much time and money on standardized tests that will only worry students more.
Gifted learning is a highly controversial topic in the world of education. Some people believe that having a separate class for “gifted” students allows for more growth and learning to take pace; contrary to that belief, there are some people who believe that segregating public class rooms this way hinders learning, and creates class rooms that are not eclectic and that do not allow peer to peer learning. Learning is a highly individual subject and every student learns differently. If the education system in the United States is to change their test scores, they will move away from the philosophy of integration and inclusion and towards an educational philosophy of creating an IEP for each student, and keep class sizes as small as possible with children that learn similarly. This paper will attempt to explore the facts and professional opinions about the integration or segregation of public schools by ability level, and prove that more individual teaching will lead to improved learning.
Schools worldwide are stressed to succeed on these standardized tests when they only measure a fraction of a student’s intelligence. Standardized testing must be discontinued because it negatively affects school curricula, students’ and instructors’ mentality, and fairness of the test for all students. National standardized testing is a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which promises parents that: instructors will teach more efficiently, students will be motivated, and school systems will operate more productively (Nicolas 42). All of these promises are said to lead to better education for students, especially those who are raised within minority groups (Nicolas 45). The primary purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students and show whether or not the standards of the standardized test was met in the school.
A teacher may have an overall fair grading policy when combining assessment scores, however if how they are grading each assessment is not consistent, then the overall validity is irrelevant. Every student deserves a high-quality education that prepares them for college and beyond. Teachers’ grades can affect students not only academically, but emotionally and socially (Brookhart & DeVogel, 1999). Grades are used for recommendation and placements which can vastly determine a student’s path beyond K-12 education. If a student is told in the form of grades throughout their life that they are an “A” or “B” student, when in reality these scores are earned from attendance and homework completion, not actual retained knowledge, then this student may not be able to identify they have areas of weakness (Quinn, 2013).
On the other hand, the ACT tests include the subjects: mathematics, writing, english, science and an op... ... middle of paper ... ...levels. With the ability to handpick questions and also determine a curve on a standardized test, the subjectivity is increased. Also, the testing advocates state that the standardized tests are beneficial to predict a student's readiness for college yet the tests do not take into account external factors that could affect a student’s ability to perform well on the days in which the tests are administered. The validity of standardized testing is debatable since there are many factors such as racial bias, differences in teaching methods and sometimes test anxiety. Due to these standardized tests, schools are creating kids who are good at testing rather than creative thinkers.
The situation is worsened when students who do not speak English are thrown into the schooling system and are expected to keep up with their English-speaking counterparts. Kristina Rizga describes a situation in her article titled “Everything You’ve Heard about Failing Schools is Wrong” where Maria, a high school student, is faced with difficulty learning because English is not her first language. But despite the daunting task ahead of her, she didn’t give up. She became very proficient in English and earned top grades in all of her classes. However, once standardized tests rolled around, the story changed.
Standardized tests decide who gets into college nowadays. Standardized tests have more emphasis now then do GPA, class rank, and the students achievements. If Colleges were to get rid of this requirement, many more students would apply. Colleges should not put a lot of stock in standardized testing because it does not evaluate true knowledge, the tests cannot predict college readiness, and students with test anxiety will not perform at their best. Standardized testing does not truly evaluate a student’s knowledge.
The traditional high school A-F grading system no longer reflects an accurate measurement of student success. Providing a new system where grades are measured by the rank of the student in the class will provide a system more honest than before, it will benefit students and prospective colleges. Changing the grading scale to a system where students are ranked from a curve based off the total percentage of points potentially earned in the course. In addition to a system where few in a class receive a failing grade and if a student falls below the line have the opportunity to obtain a successful grade in the course by completing extra course work and offering an opportunity to retake tests/quizzes. A student will be more willing to take a risk by taking a class that they may not get an A in.
With this policy schools are only motivating students to come to school for the knowledge that they will pass. The policy is not motivating them to get good grades so that they can get in to a good college to have good career. To stop students from giving up and dropping out, the schools need to see them as individual not as a group of elementary, middle school and high school
The SAT went from being something that could give you a step up on the college competition to being an absolute necessity to apply. Tests like the SAT have invaded the educational system and are both helpful and detrimental. In one regard, they are a relatively good indicator at how advanced a student may be. The tests assess a student based on basic school subjects and contain questions that most students would have learned or would know how to answer. These tests benefit the studious kids that take them.