The Effects Of Standardized Testing On Public Education

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According to Weaver (2011), “First tests are to identify the instructional needs of individual students so educators can respond with effective, targeted teaching and appropriate instructional materials, secondly judge students’ proficiency in essential basic skill and challenging standards and measure their educational growth over a period of time, thirdly evaluate effectiveness of educational programs and finally monitor school for educational accountability including under the no child left behind act” (p.5). Do these tests really fulfil their purpose? Students are now learning more about how to take a test in school, than actual information that can be used and applied after their years in school. Students spend too much time away from…show more content…
Standardized testing should be reduced or removed. Ron Maggiano, after quitting his job as a teacher, shared his opinion on the effect of standardized testing on public education. Maggiano is an experienced teacher, and after a 33 year career, he has won the Disney Teacher Award for innovation and creativity in 2005 and the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for outstanding K-12 teaching in 2006. According to Maggiano (2014) “I can no longer cooperate with a testing regime that I believe is suffocating creativity and innovation in the classroom. We are not really educating our students anymore. We are merely teaching them to pass a test. This is wrong. Period” (par.2). Maggiano has been in the education field for a long time, making him very experienced over standardized testing. He has seen the effects first hand on his own students. Even trusted teachers agree that standardized testing is bad for public education. Standardized testing should be reduced or…show more content…
Learning young minds should have all of the time as possible available to them to learn. With standardized testing taking unnecessary time from the classroom, the children suffer. Teachers also struggle to hurry and teach lessons that should be more spanned out. The standardized testing schedule affects the whole school experience maybe for days or even weeks at a time. To compensate for this schedule change material isn’t taught in the most effective way possible, which would be to give teachers the most time as possible to go over this material. According to Gilchrist (2015) “The average student will take about 112 standardized tests in his or her public school career” (par.1). 112 tests is a lot of testing and all of this time is spent away from the classroom. Ross states (2015) “The average student in the average school will spend approximately 19.8 hours on testing in a school year” (p.6). Too much time is spent on standardized testing, by testing children’s ability to comprehend the testing, it is taking classroom time away that could be used to teach them how to comprehend. Testing the children only deprives them of their valuable classroom time. Standardized testing is a waste of valuable classroom time and should be reduced or
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