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’
Though these tests were made to evaluate a students rough estimation of skill, they were not made to evaluate their entire education. Teachers should not be completely held accountable for test scores either. These scores hold too much power over schools and educators. Failure on a standardized test should mean “improvement needed”, not “you should just give up!”. These tests create anxiety caused by the consequences surrounding them.
People who grade these tests have no idea who they are or what they are capable of, which means; they cannot tell how they will do in the future ("Standardized Testing Pros). These tests claim to measure students' intelligence, but fail to give every test taker an equal opportunity because sometimes when taking a test, a student might get tie into a personal situation("Standardized Testing"). Such as, family issues, personal issues, an emergency, or just having a rough day, which will lead to students’ not performing well on the test ("Standardized Testing"). Standardized tests only measure student's performance on the day of the test and ignore any other performance in class and outside of class so it cannot measure a student's true capability (“Standardized Testing”). Students might do well in school and get grades, but their standardized test scores might say otherwise depending on how they felt on the day of the test(“Standardized Testing”).
In reality, intelligence cannot solely be determined by a test score; therefore, standardized tests are ineffective in encouraging learning in educational environments for three reasons: they are stressful, discriminatory, and uncreative. Throughout the history of standardized testing in the United States of America, citizens have viewed the test as an effective tool to build a society on excellence and success. Furthermore, standardized tests have developed and spread in various public schools as an unproblematic way to test a large amount of students quickly. Educators use test scores to evaluate student performance, teacher proficiency, and school effectiveness. However, standardized tests are not the best way to te... ... middle of paper ... ...ningful projects that can be used in real life.
Standardized tests are unfair because they fail to measure students' abilities, they cause an unnecessary amount of stress, and there are too many incentives to teach the test. Like Bert Lance one said, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” This is the way many people feel about standardized testing. To them the tests appear to be a reliable and harmless way to measure students’ skills. A June-July 2014 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 93% of parents say standardized tests "should be used to identify areas where students need extra help" and 61% say their children "take an appropriate number of standardized tests” (Ruby). The issue with those statistics is parents do not know the direct effects of standardized tests, so how could they possibly know the tests’ faults and damage it causes?
According to the article “Problems with Standardized Testing” by Jasmine Evans, standardized tests do not measure a student’s complete knowledge of a subject. She says in her article that tests do not measure a student’s full knowledge of a subject because by virtue of being multiple choice, they do not allow students to express themselves. Therefore, without students being able to express themselves on test, they cannot show their full knowledge of the subject. Many critics advocate for these assessments to be open ended. Another way that tests do not measure a student’s full knowledge is that if a student gets nervous and has test anxiety they will do worse because they will forget many important topics on the test....
Good or bad? After much research it has been found that having a high-stakes testing environment in schools creates unsuccessful results in education. Valerie Strauss, an education reporter from Washington, D.C . was able to get information from the Massachusetts professors and researchers themselves who stated: As educators and researchers from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we strongly oppose our state’s continued over reliance on high-stakes standardized testing to assess student achievement, evaluate teacher effectiveness, and determine school quality. Given that standardized tests provide only one indicator of student achievement, and that their high-stakes uses produce ever-increasing incentives to teach to the test, narrow the curriculum, or even to cheat, we call on the BESE to stop using standardized tests in high-stakes decisions affecting students, teachers, and schools.
It seems obvious that no student particularly likes any sort of test, but the question is whether or not standardized tests are doing more harm than good. The concern of many educators and parents is that these tests are diminishing any sense of creativity a student may have. Eric Sheninger states his concern,”…we inch closer to an educational system that focuses on test scores as the number one determinant of achievement.” (Sheninger). He has a very valid point. Once you limit a person’s sense of achievement to the score they get on a test, you are risking their entire self worth.
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).
Many students are affected by test anxiety or do not show their learning well on a standardized test, resulting in inaccurately lower scores” (Fairtest). These tests punish students for what they can’t control, making them stressed and panicked that they won’t graduate or move on to the next grade. Some children are from low-income families attending schools with large classes with little to no materials for learning what is on the test. In addition to that, some teachers have never been educated on test content, which is not their fault, and this results in low-test scores. This all leads to why there are such negative feelings throughout classrooms of many