INTRODUCTION Education is an important part of one’s life. It can shape a student’s identity, challenge his biases, and encourage him to be inquisitorial and entrepreneurial in his thinking. Education can also push a student through institutions only to ascertain that he meets some minimum standard. Modern day high schools are graduating students in record numbers (Richmond 2013) , but the prevalence of remediation in higher education illustrates the structural failure of American public schools to effectively, adequately, and equitably educate students, especially indigent student populations (Strong American Schools). As such, this issue requires serious public policy consideration.
The average division 1 football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to their sport giving them 3.3 hours more than a typical American work week. With those statistics, I think it’s safe to say that being a collegiate athlete requires more than a full time job. Trying to keep up with homework and attendance in class poses many challenges especially when the NCAA requires students to miss class for championship games, televised games, or other events that bring in revenue for the school. ... ... middle of paper ... ... Business Source Premier. Web.
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Standing out when applying to college can be a difficult task among the masses of applicants, but can be made much easier when one knows what schools are looking for. Colleges want hard working, bright students to attend their school (Tanabe). They would much rather have someone who, throughout high school, challenged themselves with honors and AP courses (if available), and showed dedication and effort, even if the grades earned weren’t straight A’s (Suber). They don’t want to see someone who took the easy road and took classes just to boost their GPA (Suber). Therefore, it is extremely important to choose challenging classes during high school because it allows colleges to evaluate a student’s performance and shows them that a student has what it takes to attend their school.
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.
Are the tests necessary to accurately portray a student’s academic standing? College admissions base their opinion on whether or not you will succeed in college by the SAT or ACT scores. Many times these tests are an inaccurate gauge of whether or not a student will succeed. The debate has been heating up more than ever. More people are conducting studies that prove these tests do not determine your college success.
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).
And so, the only people who can help students to be academically honest are themselves. Additionally, stude... ... middle of paper ... ...m would help them to succeed, and reach their goals, but surely when it will come to a job career, they probably would not be admitted due to lack of experience. Knowledge comprises how much information students receive in college, and that knowledge is the key to success. If students do not believe this, they should try once in a while to totally rely on themselves during a particular exam, and surely they would realize how unconfident they were before. Works Cited Simkin, Mark, and Alexander McLeod.
(Rhetorical Question) We are a part of a world that strives to keep an equal playing field for all of us, and we need to incorporate into our schools the test that does the same. (Pronouns) Students with financial difficulties that take this new test will not be singled out anymore because they cannot get prep materials. Since the updated assessment is more applicable to real life, more kids will receive accurate measures of their ability and be able to attend college. Additionally, Andy Smarick quotes, “I agree with the College Board that graduates should possess functional language, and I appreciate that the SAT’s use of (unintelligible) language can unfairly advantage those who can pay for the expensive test prep.” In his own evaluation of the current SAT, Smarick states that the use of obscure vocabulary in the test allows only those who can access special courses to succeed, and he believes that high school graduates should be tested on functional language instead. Using practical vocabulary will allow low income students to have equal opportunity futures because they can show what they know to the best of their abilities, even without training materials.