The Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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Standardized testing has been taking place in schools all through American since the mid 1800s. Since then several different problems involving state funding, education equality, and poor testing scores have arisen. The test were made mandatory in all 50 states right after the No Child Left Behind Act was created(1). The only problem with that is not every child learns the same way, every child is not held to test under the same circumstances, and not every teacher can meet the needs of every child. Standardized testing is unnecessary and a stressful way to prove efficiency that affects not just the students, but also the teachers, community and school itself. Due to the extreme amount of pressure put on the students and teachers that takes…show more content…
A standardized test is any examination that’s administered, and scored off of a scaled system. The two main standardized test in most high schools are achievement tests, and aptitude test(Abbott 2013). The stress put upon the teachers and students to do well on these test is an unrealistic amount. It also take an unnecessary amount of time out of the actual teaching and learning that is done in the classroom. The teachers are judged based on how the student 's score on the test, which could involve their jobs being put on the line. This of course causes excessive amounts of stress which then in turn has the teacher 's constantly relay how important high score are to the students. That also creates an extremely harsh amount of stress. Especially for the students that already become nervous and struggle to take test. The standardized test cannot measure the other aspects of the child 's life that they should be focusing on in school. By the time they graduate high school a child is to know creative problem solving skill and techniques, as well as how to be successful in the economy where they live (Hughes 2013). The standardized test takes away from the students being…show more content…
The standardized test cost states $1.7 billion each year (Ujifusa 2012). That 's a bunch of money for some schools, especially the ones that already live in poverty. Look at the schools that barely have books, or the learning equipment they need to be able to teach their students. If they didn’t have to worry about paying for these unnecessary test they would be able to purchase more of the things they need to become a stronger school. It is not just the school that suffers, but also the community. These test go all through the state, and are all compared and classed as a whole. They compare the lower poverty schools to the higher socioeconomic ones, which in turn does not always give the best answer. Yes, all schools are receiving and taking the same test, but not all schools contain the same students. Most schools referred to as higher poverty contain a lot more kids that learn slower, or not as well. Although schools with lower poverty contain these kids as well there are often very few. These tests influence the community by stating simply that a lower score means a lower, less fortunate place. Which is not the case at all it just simply means that the area may have more kids that do super well hands-on, but not so great in a test setting. The standardized tests cannot score how a school does hand-ons, only what they see on paper. Also think about how much time teachers could save if they got
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