Standardized testing assesses students, teachers, and the school itself, which puts a great deal of pressure on the students. High scores show that the school is effective in teaching students, while low test scores make teachers and schools look as though they are not teaching the students properly. This is not always the case. There are teachers who do teach students what they need to know to pass the test, but their students are still unprepared. Although teachers try to improve instruction, student performance is still variable to other factors that the school cannot control.
This argument goes along with the other two mentioned and explained above. There isn’t much that is positive to say about these assessments. It places so much pressure on students to perform well and pressure on teachers to teach what is going to be on the test. This brings negative energy to classrooms. An article by Greg Jouriles helps explain why we don’t need these tests.
Instead of getting the students to regurgitate information when it is test day. In conclusion standardized testing is not an accurate measure of a student’s educational success. One reason is because with all the different factors of student’s teachers and situations identical tests cannot correctly measure how much the student is learning. Also the consequences of preparing and teaching for the test causes severe stress and anxiety to some children. The tests also have many flaws, some may be fixed but it would be a high cost.
Cheating and teaching to the test do not allow for all around learning. Also students that are not ready to take the same tests as others provide inaccurate results about the students. When the United States switches to and evaluative standard that is based on conceptual learning, problem solving, and real life application skills, this will be an accurate way of measuring 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.
They don’t understand how much stress it can put on some students. Having several tests in one day, a lot of homework or both can really affect a student. Home schooling can help reduce stress and students will do better with their work if they aren’t under that much pressure and stress of school.
While taking the test, students realize they have not learned some of the material. This is due to poor planning on the states part because, the test is made to test above students’ grade levels. Before, when teachers were making their own teaching plans, they could tell how the test would be from past years and plan accordingly. Poor planning does not only affect the students but the teachers because teachers have to follow a curriculum blindly, they cannot teach their students how to anticipate an unexpected question. The best answer they can give is to try their best and pick the answer that makes the most sense.
As a consequence, some schools adopted poor standards as the bare minimum so that test scores could improve when in fact students were not learning much of anything. These schools purposely under-minded our students’ abilities and focused on improving the reputation of their institution rather than the progress of the students. Teachers are the direct point of contact with students and have often taken the
Everyday people are faced with tasks that demand effort and persistence. Many researchers find themselves collecting data on students in a variety of different contexts. Every researcher would like to be able to find large, representative, and highly motivated samples of students; however in reality finding such samples of students is difficult. Even in the most active assessment colleges there will be students that just tolerate taking different assessments rather than embracing them and trying to do the best they can on each one. In recent years standardized testing has been the preferred method of evaluating student achievement, however there is more to student learning than just performing well on a standardized test (Anderman 2003).
Often, teachers put a lot of time into their lesson plans while trying to think of creative ways to make the lessons exciting for their students in the classroom. Teachers are often blamed if a student does not pass a class especially in elementary school. Why is it their fault though? If they have a good lesson plan and are trying to help their students then why is it their fault if a student does not pass the grade? This would be different if the teacher was not trying to help the students and did not give good instruction, but if they did then they should not be at fault.