Standardized Tests

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Standardized Tests are not effective at measuring student achievement (“Standardized Tests Do Not” 1). They also cannot tell what your main abilities are, or what you even know. Standardized Tests are bad for the classroom because they restrict learning, force teachers to teach to the test, and they do not effectively measure students’ abilities.
Standardized Tests restrict student learning in the classroom (Cole, Hulley, and Quarles 17). The teachers in a classroom cannot teach what they would like to teach, but rather they are forced to teach what will be on the test. Often, when teachers teach what will be on the test, many students will begin to zone out and do other things, rather than listen to the teacher drill them with memorization for the tests (Willis 59) Teachers are graded based on how well their students do on these standardized tests, so they will teach only what is going to be on the test, to keep their jobs, or even get raises. Whenever this happens, students are hurt because they lose out on many opportunities to learn, and they even lose critical thinking skills. The testing curriculum often also places too many goals for students and teachers to reach, which will force them to move more quickly and not properly address every topic (Popham 71). Which, in the long run with further encourage only teaching the test, and nothing else.
Schools that are poor or less fortunate than others are severely harmed by standardized tests (Neill 30). Schools that have less money often have teachers who are not as qualified as to those of more fortunate schools, which greatly affect the scores on tests. A study done in 2009, shows that students who were eligible for lunch programs scored drastically worse than students who wer...

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Works Cited
Cole, Helen, Kathy Hulley, and Peggy Quarles. "Standardized Testing Restricts Student Learning." Standardized Testing. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2011. 17-22. Print.
Neill, Monty. "Standardized Testing Has Harmed Poor and Minority Students." Standardized Testing. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2011. 29-35. Print.
Popham, James W. "Present Tests Are Not a Good Measurement of a Teacher's Effectiveness." Standardized Testing. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2011. 68-73. Print.
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