The Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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The majority of parents and students have an opinion on standardized testing, but many people are unaware of the real effect standardized testing has on public school. Michelle Obama, the 44th First Lady of the United States says, “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn 't be here. I guarantee you that.” Standardized Testing should be eliminated from public schools because it negatively impacts the education system. Despite the views of many, it is crucial parents are informed of the true effect standardized testing has on students’ education as well as the way teachers and schools are perceived. Standardized testing takes away from curriculum, does not accurately measure intelligence, and students’…show more content…
Standardized testing has such high-stakes, for example, if students don’t pass them they either fail or don’t graduate. Before standardized testing became a tremendous part of success in schools teachers were able to choose their own curriculum. Teachers and Students are both affected by the change in curriculum that is caused by the change in how important standardized tests are. “My high school teacher friend Ariel says, My honors English curriculum now contains only two books, instead of the 12 I used to teach. And very few short stories. It 's mostly nonfiction, because that 's what will be on the tests. Any books I teach outside of the curriculum will harm my students ' scores on the tests that evaluate them and my performance” (Williams). Williams uses real world examples from teachers to support the impact of curriculum caused by standardized testing. Williams provided an example of a teacher who believes the importance of curriculum has changed since the increase in the importance of standardized testing. Many teachers such as, Williams’s teacher friend Ariel miss having the chance of actually reading real literature which was taken away from the curriculum when standardized tests became more important. In order to bring back the importance of literature in English courses we must lower the stakes standardized testing has on students’ success in…show more content…
Standardized testing does not measure how much a student achieves or actually understands for many reasons, therefore the stakes should be lowered. Achievement is when someone completes something successfully, and is differently defined for each person. Achievement is a very difficult thing to truly measure therefore how it is possible they be measured accurately by standardized tests. In “Standardized Tests Do Not Effectively Measure Student Achievement”, psychometrician Daniel Koretz believes there are two reasons testing does not accurately measure school achievement. 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
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