LITERATURE REVIEW Rushton talks about the funding for the No Child Left Behind is being held back if the students don’t do well on the standardized tests. So if the students don’t do well on the testing the teachers are being affected in the way of how much they are getting paid, also affects the school districts funding. This is encouraging the teachers not to teach the way they should, but they are teaching in the way of let’s just make the students do well on the standardized tests. In this article Rushton talks about how the brain of the student learns. Rushton talks about how the pre-frontal lobe is responsible for the thinking skills, creativity, and also making judgments.
Any diverse group of organisms will not respond identically to a standard test; some will respond positively, and some will respond negatively. The student population of the United States is an extremely varied group, and students will respond differently to the same "standard" test. The format of the current standardized test, all multiple-choice questions, does not allow for variables among the test takers. In fact, the test attempts to erase all the variables and create a uniform ... ... middle of paper ... ... a tedious process, but the change can have immense, positive effects for the future college student. The ACT and SAT that supposedly measure a student's learning potential through multiple-choice questions should be replaced by a test of a student's desire to learn determined through the analysis of essays, recommendation letters, and school or community involvement.
At times, a student’s future could be reliant on a single test score. This type of testing may be doing more harm than good, proving that this is not really necessary for students to be fully educated. Standardized tests, instead of promoting the achievement of an education, are in fact doing the opposite by limiting learning and deemphasizing the significance of characteristics such as individuality and creativity, ultimately having a harmful effect on students. Standardized exams like the ACT in the United States are mandated partially to motivate students to work harder in school and to promote a better education throughout a nation, categorizing the students into various levels of competence and distinguishing the elite few. But these tests—or any heavily weighted tests that compares students—are not completely n... ... middle of paper ... ...e educators and a happy environment for students instead of spending so much time and money on standardized tests that will only worry students more.
Performance based assessment guarantees an increased understanding of the growth of individual child. Such understanding reduces the need for currently used standardized tests. Standards for Education and Psychological Testing (American Psychological Association) states the ... ... middle of paper ... ... tests are counterproductive. Meaning that instead of leading to stronger academic achievement, it is said to interfere with teaching and learning. Teachers should use test results to improve their instruction, not to justify lower expectations or to stereotype students.
Sending children to school to be put under constant pressure of tests and cognitive learning that they are not yet mature enough for will have longer lasting effects on them than the actual schooling will. Alan Blinder was quoted in the World is Flat by saying, “How we educate our children may prove to be more important than how much we educate them” (Friedman 309). Universal preschool is focusing more on the numbers rather than the quality of education, going against Thomas L. Friedman’s ideas of how to save our economy. UP is only going to hurt America, dragging us down instead of helping us get back
Schools worldwide are stressed to succeed on these standardized tests when they only measure a fraction of a student’s intelligence. Standardized testing must be discontinued because it negatively affects school curricula, students’ and instructors’ mentality, and fairness of the test for all students. National standardized testing is a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which promises parents that: instructors will teach more efficiently, students will be motivated, and school systems will operate more productively (Nicolas 42). All of these promises are said to lead to better education for students, especially those who are raised within minority groups (Nicolas 45). The primary purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students and show whether or not the standards of the standardized test was met in the school.
Intelligent or genius students have to be in that system of education, which doesn’t let them improve their creativity. Educators attempt to change that system to make it better, but their changing was not that great to be an example for the world. Also, did that change qualify education system to compete other systems or not? In some examples and reasons have been made me agree with some of points from Gatto’s and Edmunson’s and disagree them. John Taylor Gatto, in his essay “Against School: How Public Education Cripples our Kids, and why”, argues that the contemporary purpose of education in public schools is to produce “harmless electorate,” “a servile labor force,” and “mindless consumers” (28).
I believe this would be detrimental to the education of the “gifted” students. In my own experience, the opportunity to be a part of “gifted” classes has helped me to excel in school. If I had been unable to be put into the more fast pace and more difficult track at my high school, ... ... middle of paper ... ...the politics behind it, and the ethics behind it. In doing so I believe that it has proved the need for the separation of classrooms based more solely on ability level, and giftedness. It provides a deeper learning environment and allows more growth for the student.
Like in sports people would begin to group you and categorize you, but instead of A team B team, and so on it would be Straight A kids, A’s and B’s kids, C average kids, and Failing kids. Kids fight about who is better, who got the better grade for midterms, and they’ll fight about who ... ... middle of paper ... ...se smartboards. We can learn something new, we made a drastic change from projectors and pull down screens, to a smartboard. Teachers still take days off to go to teacher class to learn about what they need to be teaching us as students, so I do not see why they could not do the same with transferring letter grades to oral evaluations. People label kids according to their grades, although they deny that they judge you, they do, even before they have the pleasure of talking to you.
It should be about “Assessments that encourage students to find analyze and use information in expected real world situations” (Hammond & McCloskey, procon.org) So far the idea of the standardized testing has been discussed, so what of the content? The new standards for the content of tests, Common Core, has come under fire for it’s ridiculous methods and ideals. The test wants to grade students solely based on test scores to make the United States look better internationally; going back to the recurring theme of using students as just another score on a piece of paper. Common Core is more about what is taught than the “Coherence of the system” (Boulard), the way it should