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. However, the risks of these tests outweigh the benefits. A standardized test is not the sole test that determines the level of the student’s intelligence. Standardized tests place pressure on teachers to instruct a group of diverse students who are all on different academic levels. 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.
They can break down many different aspects of what students need to improve on and what they are already knowledgeable of. Students need to learn more than just the test information. Only studying and learning test material makes students less diverse and leads to boring lectures in the classroom. Another article written by an organization called Fairtest adds, “Some students simply do not test well. Many students are affected by test anxiety or do not show their learning well on a standardized test, resulting in inaccurately lower scores” (Fairtest).
First, tests don’t fully measure all important aspects of education, and second, tests only measure small parts of students ' knowledge (Philp Harris). Standardized testing cannot truly measure achievement correctly because there are no specific rules to what achievement really consists of and can only measure small parts of knowledge because of these inaccurate measures of knowledge students begin to feel anxious. There are many studies showing how testing causes high anxiety for students therefore causing a drop in performance when taking tests. Test taking can cause students to experience psychological issues that result in a failing grade on the test. Test anxiety can also affect the students` motivation to learn and because of this I believe the stakes for standardized testing should be
However, a testing error may occur. A testing error is when a student gets an answer correct of information they did not actually know or an answer incorrect, they may have actually known (Gellman, 30)The people who create these tests want straightforward measures. However, test designers do not design these tests to measure what a student can do academically (Fusaro, 1). Large testing companies produce tests and sell them all over the country. This causes the test to be not specialized for the school or county and students do not do as well as they could have if the test was specialized (Popham, 4).three possible ways of testing a student’s knowledge exists: multiple choices, answer in essay form, or they are asked to perform a task and then graded on the performance (Merrow, 5).
Meanwhile, students in other countries taking alternative assessments other than Standardized test excel above academic levels of the United States. A typical teacher’s curriculum in the public school system is designed around specific areas being assessed in high state testing. This method is called "teaching to the test". Educators are not left with room for creativity in the classroom when constantly being drilled to base an entire school year around only subject areas touched upon in these exams. For example, if the educator saw that a certain student had particular interest in a topic but that certain topic was not being assessed in the exam his or her interest would most likely not be drawn upon.
But the fact of the matter is that a lot more than studying can go into testing. From scoring/writing errors, to improper handling, the mistakes that can happen in standardized testing are wide. This isn’t a good thing when future classes as well as scholarship eligibility is determined by these tests. But, from causing student stress to scoring errors, standardized tests are causing people to rethink their significance to education. And what many parents and students are finding out, is that these tests are not as good as everyone once thought.
Standardized tests are generally multiple-choice questions with all correct answers, but one of the choices is more appropriate than the other answers. Standardized testing is a one-way street for the state. It simply measures the knowledge of students and compares the scores to various other subjects. Students are not directly benefiting from taking these tests. Standardized tests are not an effective way to assess a student’s intelligence.
What the test may cover may not be what the students have learned in class. However, some critics feel “that standardized tests allow administrators, teachers, and parents the opportunity to view solid evidence of the students’ performance, which in turn could lead to curriculum changes” (Banta, p.1). Standardized tests also create unnecessary stress for students. These tests require students to study or cram for many hours and puts them in a demanding social setting where they are forced to answer difficult questions. Standardized testing was once a good idea, to test the students’ capabilities and to see how they compare with other districts, but teachers teach using different methods and focus on different issues.
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.
Education,” Russell Bakers main argument is that schools are not educating kids the proper way. Baker believes that schools focus solely on testing and showing kids how to give the test givers the answers they want. That causes students to basically memorize the information long enough to pass a test and not actually comprehend the information. I completely agree with Baker. He also finds that most high schools focus too much on getting young adults ready for college.