Standardized Tests Have Been Around For Many Years

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Standardized tests have been around for many years. During the 1920’s the SAT was known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (Syverson 56). According to Steven Syverson, in 1993 the test was renamed as Scholastic Assessment Tests in an effort to reflect the changing nature of the test (56). Jonathan Epstein notes that by 1994, the acronym was removed completely, keeping only the initials SAT (9). The United States Department of Education reports that the Scholastic Assessment Test [known as SAT] measures your ability rather than knowledge and is composed of three sections: writing, critical reading, and math (3). “The American College Testing Program [known as ACT] measures how you think and what you’ve learned in school, it consist of four multiple-choice tests: English, reading, mathematics, and science” (U.S. Dept. of Education 3). Throughout a student’s school years they are taught the importance of standardized tests. However, it has not been proven that students with higher standardized test scores perform higher academically than those students with lower test scores. Allowing standardized test scores as the deciding factor for college admission affects the decision of many students on whether or not they will attend college. Research supports the fact that standardized testing is biased against certain groups, hinders the ability to be creative and think out-of-the-box, and negates GPA and other high school academic achievements. Standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, should not be the deciding factor for college admission. Ultimately, the standardized testing original goal was to improve the process for students that had previously been omitted from “highly selective institutions” (Epstein 9). Standardized testing has ... ... middle of paper ... ...dent of the University of Wyoming and former dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts, has a lifetime of research that shows GPA, standardized tests, and essays do not suc¬cessfully measure the true talent of a college applicant (55). If a student clams at the idea of test taking then it’s possible that the score they receive is not an adequate reflection of their ability to excel. Eric Westervelt points out from his study that students who had low or modest test scores, but good high school grades, did better in college than those with good scores but modest grades (5). Post-secondary education is an opportunity that many kids are not privileged to experience due to race, ethnicity, and financial hardship. Therefore, standardize test scores should not be the deciding factor of whether or not a student will have the chance to make a difference in their life.
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