Standardized Testing has not been a proven helper to students.

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Standardized Testing is not a proven helper to students. Standardized Testing, such as the SAT and ACT, is for measuring a student’s knowledge. Unfortunately, standardized tests do not fulfill their purpose. According to Winter 2007 peerReview, “ACT tests seek to predict how current high school students will perform in courses commonly taken by new college students,”(24). These trials are simply beneficial to devise one for a more important test such as the MCAT when entering medical school or other entrance tests when dealing with other vocations. In the past, standardized testing was still conceived of as partial to cultures. Also, that is dealing with politics and economically biased. There have always been disagreements of beliefs. Standardized Testing has been around for more than half a century. Standardized Testing focuses on how one functions, does not prove one is college ready, causes bad test taking, and does not accurately measure one’s knowledge. Standardized Testing does not concentrate on what one knows, but how one operates. In concurrence with my statement, Marc Spooner and Paul Orlowski states, “Standardized assessments provide one-time snapshots that do not accurately measure how a student performs day after day, or what a student knows” (A6). Standardized Testing focuses on what one’s strategy is to do each query. Strategy is one of the major assets to taking the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test). It has always been said that when taking these tests it measures one’s knowledge, but there is not enough time to fulfill the desired purpose. For instance, in the English portion of the question the student is given seventy-five questions to be read in forty-five minutes. Everyone... ... middle of paper ... ...ies, but no student has the same skill. Every student learns differently, therefore should not be held to the same standard as others. As stated by Dylan Wiliam, “Accountability tests that are so closely aligned with desired outcomes that the only way to improve scores is to improve the desired outcomes,” (120). Lowering the expectations may be a solution, but could also be a hindrance to how much a student should know. Lowering the expectations may stop the student from demonstrating their actual intelligence. Studying for Standardized Tests may improve one’s score, but does not fully guarantee a desired score. It is time to give hope to students when taking standardized tests. A student’s score should not determine their future. Approaching generations should be able to receive a fair chance of a brighter future. It should be earned with diligence and discipline.

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