The Negative Effects Of Hst In Education

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Imagine that you are a teacher with a classroom full of eight-year-olds. High stakes testing (HST) will be administered soon, then used to determine if your salary will be cut in the following year. While true that many believe in the validity and benefit produced by HST. Unfortunately, it negatively affects the school system from the district to the student. The destructive effects, however minimal, are not to be overlooked. HST began as an exercise in accountability. However, it has morphed into a nest of politics that negatively upsets various aspects of learning. HST should be removed from the school system and replaced with an agreed upon substitute, implemented in waves of productive growth and accountability.
HST is any test used to
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As is common in the school systems, more prolific neighborhoods can use sources not available to another school in a poor neighborhood. There is a common thread in education that the students with access to more options, consistent teachers and environments perform better. This is revealed in HST to an excessive degree. In 2002 the No Child Left Behind was enacted. This act was fuel in the fires of HST, and ironically was meant to rectify the problem of poverty dictating education. “The NCLB (2002) places a significant emphasis on increasing academic achievement for all students, regardless of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status (SES), limited English proficiency, or students with disabilities on the local, state, and federal levels.” (Domond) NCLB (2002) was meant to challenge schools to address the gaps in the socioeconomically affected areas. Nonetheless, HST has exacerbated those gaps and penalized the schools in the geographical locations that have a higher poverty…show more content…
Low stakes testing is a testing structure similar to HST, except the results are not used to penalize or praise. Using standardized testing appropriately and in a smaller capacity can be a welcome change. This would alleviate many issues that branch from the use of HST. The results can then be utilized to watch for damaging trends. None of these low stakes tests would determine funding or compensation. These would only give a roadmap on how the leaders are to advance. Once this change has taken place, the task would be to find out where the break in leadership is. The school systems are top heavy. Highly paid administrators that are disconnected from the vision of education are rampant. These aren’t villains, but ignorance isn’t a defense. Leaders are meant to passionately lead teams toward a common purpose. People in the education system are not there for the money, and are willing to put in the hard work involved with a change of this magnitude. “One of the most popular reasons (75%) for joining teaching was a desire to make a difference, and 80% said they taught because they enjoyed working with children. Contrary to popular belief, just below 20% went into teaching because of long holidays” (Marsh). HST eradicates this passion. Low stakes testing can be used to discover and remedy the problems it indicates. However, finding solutions for the issues in our educational system cannot be provided with
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