It is a condition that thousands of students suffer from and it is something that they cannot help or overcome by the time of a test. Students who suffer from this often get very panicked by exams, and most of the time they draw a blank during a test, even though they know the material... ... middle of paper ... ...n a test score. High-stakes testing punishes students, and often teachers, for things they cannot control. It drives students and teachers away from learning, and at times from school (FairTest). Assessments of educational strengths and weaknesses can be useful at the individual, classroom, school or district levels.
Students have to deal with the pressure of This also places the added burden of constantly trying to do better than their peers onto students (Williams). Students are often compared with little regard to their differences (Williams). When students are forced to "perform" on these tests and do better than their fellow students it shifts the focus from actually learning the material to cramming in as much information as possible to do well on the tests. This pressure placed on the students can lead to severe anxiety and in extreme cases mental conditions. Standardized tests have become so intense that they have taken the joy out of teaching and learning for both students and teachers.
Often, teachers greatly worry about their students and their students scores. The scores that their students make effect whether or not the teacher keeps their job. Teachers feel stressed before hand also. Teachers worry about what to teach and how to teach it to prepare students efficiently for the state tests. These tests increase already high stress levels to and unhealthy levels that could be detrimental to a student’s and or teacher’s
Holding educators accountable for test scores places an unfair amount of stress on all parties involved, as well as inducing a difficult working atmosphere. (Brill, Allie. "Standardized Testing Leads To Unnecessary Stress On Students, Teachers.") Standardized testing generally imposes harsh consequences that bring many different problems, which often lead to dishonesty and a narrow perception of education from students and educators. (Gatt, Jeneba.
Later I found out that whether or not I graduate depends on passing the test. The idea of standardized testing to say whether or not students graduate is a bad one. Not just bad for schools, principals, and teachers, but it can mean the end of a student’s future before it begins. That means not only does schools suffer, but everyone in our communities, states, and country suffers. It used to be that students had to take standardized tests every year.
Students spend the majority of their time preparing for standardized tests, instead of spending their time learning. In addition, standardized tests give students anxiety, and could lead them to want to drop out of high school due to all of the stress. I believe that standardized tests should not carry so much weight in the education system. They should serve as checks of the educational system rather than as a determinant of the future of
It can be stressful and a lot to handle. They should not be expected to know all of the material for their classes and for the tests. Standardized testing also has a negative effect on teachers. It adds unnecessary pressure and fear of judgement based on student performance. Because of this stress and pressure, students feel the need to compete with each other.
Many teacher 's jobs are threatened when their classes test scores are not at the level they should be. Frances Banales says, "We must get the testing scores increased...Everything is overshadowed by one high-stakes test.”(Overman 2) A teacher must teach the material that is on the end of the year state test in the allotted time of a school year. To fit all the material in a school year, a teacher must prepare the students and themselves for the test. This is not teaching the students anything besides how to test and that is why students are not ready for college. Richard says, "...the time spent on schooling students in the techniques of test taking--how to fill in answer sheet bubbles, whether to guess or not, what to do when time runs short, and so on?”(Phelps 1) Teachers are so focused on the test scores reflecting back on the teacher and not focused on if students actually learn the material.
In the Article, On The Anniversary Of Brown V. Board, New Evidence That U.S. Schools Are Resegregating author Emma Brown states, “High-poverty, majority-black and Hispanic schools were less likely to offer a full range of math and science courses than other schools (Brown 5). This can often result in unqualified teachers and materials that are not useful. Not having sufficient funds to have a normal running good school is the whole reason why many of those students don't succeed. Money is the number one factor in having a successful school system. If there's no money then there are no supplies, and if there are no supplies then how are they supposed to learn.
First, tests don’t fully measure all important aspects of education, and second, tests only measure small parts of students ' knowledge (Philp Harris). Standardized testing cannot truly measure achievement correctly because there are no specific rules to what achievement really consists of and can only measure small parts of knowledge because of these inaccurate measures of knowledge students begin to feel anxious. There are many studies showing how testing causes high anxiety for students therefore causing a drop in performance when taking tests. Test taking can cause students to experience psychological issues that result in a failing grade on the test. Test anxiety can also affect the students` motivation to learn and because of this I believe the stakes for standardized testing should be