Critics of the No Child Left Behind Act say that there is immense pressure on school officials, teachers, students, and parents. That pressure to succeed creates a poor environment for learning—an environment of fear, rather than discovery. Such tests reward quick answers to superficial questions. They do not measure the ability to think deeply or creatively in any field. Their use encourages a narrowed curriculum, outdated methods of instruction, and harmful practices such as grade retention and tracking.
When students score poorly on standardized tests, school districts are coerced to lose federal education f... ... middle of paper ... ...ngle test that does not even measure the entirety of a student’s intelligence. School districts who are afforded minimal test preparation cannot expect their students to successfully pass as well as the students in another school district who can afford a plethora or test preparation. Hence, these poor school districts suffer from the state education officials. Standardized tests cause schools to focus more or their instructional time on the test instead of focusing their teaching on the other skills students need to succeed in life. This test preparation even removes any chance of students being able to broaden their horizons with other supplementary education since test preparation commonly involves memorizing the same facts or knowledge.
A bad test result can ruin a students motive for education, and if this is done unnecessarily, this is a terrible thing. An unearned good result can leave a child who needs help to move on without understanding what they need to know. A common argument that advocators of standardized tes... ... middle of paper ... ...cceed. This can only be done when the right students are in the right classes. When you give the same standardized testing to kids that are on much different levels and are from many backgrounds, you get inaccurate information on the intelligence of the child and what they need to learn.
Many students are affected by test anxiety or do not show their learning well on a standardized test, resulting in inaccurately lower scores” (Fairtest). These tests punish students for what they can’t control, making them stressed and panicked that they won’t graduate or move on to the next grade. Some children are from low-income families attending schools with large classes with little to no materials for learning what is on the test. In addition to that, some teachers have never been educated on test content, which is not their fault, and this results in low-test scores. This all leads to why there are such negative feelings throughout classrooms of many
This causes the test to be not specialized for the school or county and students do not do as well as they could have if the test was specialized (Popham, 4).three possible ways of testing a student’s knowledge exists: multiple choices, answer in essay form, or they are asked to perform a task and then graded on the performance (Merrow, 5). Some tests are designed to assess an individual’s performance, like an achievement test. Others, however, are designed... ... middle of paper ... ...cause a student’s test results to be false. The student could be simply anxious about the test and can affect the results (testing our schools, 3). In order to get an accurate reading for one student, high-stakes test results need to be combined with class work, portfolios, and teacher evaluations.
Though these tests were made to evaluate a students rough estimation of skill, they were not made to evaluate their entire education. Teachers should not be completely held accountable for test scores either. These scores hold too much power over schools and educators. Failure on a standardized test should mean “improvement needed”, not “you should just give up!”. These tests create anxiety caused by the consequences surrounding them.
Standardized testing is not an effective way to test the skills and abilities of today’s students. Standardized tests do not reveal what a student actually understands and learns, but instead only prove how well a student can do on a generic test. Schools have an obligation to prepare students for life, and with the power standardized tests have today, students are being cheated out of a proper, valuable education and forced to prepare and improve their test skills. Too much time, energy, and pressure to succeed are being devoted to standardized tests. Standardized testing, as it is being used presently, is a flawed way of testing the skills of today’s students.
People who grade these tests have no idea who they are or what they are capable of, which means; they cannot tell how they will do in the future ("Standardized Testing Pros). These tests claim to measure students' intelligence, but fail to give every test taker an equal opportunity because sometimes when taking a test, a student might get tie into a personal situation("Standardized Testing"). Such as, family issues, personal issues, an emergency, or just having a rough day, which will lead to students’ not performing well on the test ("Standardized Testing"). Standardized tests only measure student's performance on the day of the test and ignore any other performance in class and outside of class so it cannot measure a student's true capability (“Standardized Testing”). Students might do well in school and get grades, but their standardized test scores might say otherwise depending on how they felt on the day of the test(“Standardized Testing”).
Although teachers spend a majority of the course getting students ready for these future depending standardized tests, they do not actually teach you. As a student one does not learn, instead, one gains skills on how to achieve a higher score, and that is where teachers fail as mentors to help a student that has to take the ACT or SAT. Furthermore, standardized tests may contain biases that prevent certain groups of students from doing well due to differences in learning styles, cultural diversity, and language barriers. That being said, I believe that standardized tests are not fair toward those in which English is their second language. The majority of English Learning Language students do not perform as well as native English speaker on the standardized tests being used for accountability purpose under the No Child Left Behind.
Do standardized tests really improve the quality of public education? For years they have been used to judge schools' academic performance and assess the needs of students. No longer can illiterates be graduated from high school. No longer can teachers pass a student from one grade to another without having taught that student anything (Spellings). While these advances are beneficial, standardized exams often hurt already disadvantaged schools, promote states to lower their standards of education, and cause schools to focus more on the exams themselves rather than on their students' actual learning (Karp).