Persuasive Essay On Standardized Testing

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High school students across America are being sent out into the world without the skills they need to succeed. Admittedly, students learn the basic academics to move onto the next level, but the basic skills they need in life are being put aside and forgotten. Today, high achieving seniors go off into the world knowing how to find the definite integral of a function and preform electrophoresis, but they don’t know everyday skills like how to file their taxes. In order to succeed in the real world, high schools need to equip students with the tools for everyday life. One of the tools they need is knowing how to become financially stable. “In 2013, approximately 10.9 million school-age children 5 to 17 years old were in families living in poverty”…show more content…
“Standardized tests are now used to hold up children and schools for comparison; the scores are used to discriminate rather than diagnose, punish rather than reward” (Solley 43). Teachers are now forced to spend a bulk amount of time preparing students for the tests because it’s what determines the fate of their job. In order to encourage students to try hard on tests, schools have begun rewarding them. As more kids receive rewards than not, the kids who don’t meet the high standards feel as if they are punished. It’s true that not everyone can win in life, but test makers are simply telling kids that they are stupid and not good enough. When a kid is told throughout their entire education that they aren’t proficient and basically dumb, they are most likely not going to push themselves to be any better than they already are. Standardized testing is doing nothing to prepare students for the future besides telling kids they can or can’t…show more content…
Administrators need to be taken accounted for not the students, teachers, or schools. Schools should require life skills classes that teach them how to function in everyday life. Teachers should be paid more if their students start preforming well and enjoy the class. Schools should be ranked on college readiness test no standardized tests. There is no doubt about it, there will never be a perfect school. Kids now go out into the world without the skills they need to survive. This is a serious problem schools have created for America. It’s up to them to make a difference and save the country from an economic downturn. High school graduates everywhere are being thrown out into the world like a bird being kicked out of the nest for the first time. If these young adults aren’t for the adventure of life, the worst could happen not only to them, but
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