Standardized testing scores proficiencies in most generally accepted curricular areas. The margin of error is too great to call this method effective. “High test scores are generally related to things other than the actual quality of education students are receiving” (Kohn 7). “Only recently have test scores been published in the news-paper and used as the primary criteria for judging children, teachers, and schools.”(2) Standardized testing is a great travesty imposed upon the American Public School system. Politicians claim that Accountability is needed.
Standardized test scores have an enormous amount of weight in the college admission process. But these tests raise a lot of questions: Will they really test the intelligence of a student? Do time limits on these standardized tests give accurate measurement of a student’s ability to perform well? The importance of high-stake tests are unquestionable as they have the ability to sway college applications and acceptances. Although many argue otherwise, research shows that standardized test scores are actually a poor indicator of a student’s potential due to racial bias.
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The tests became transformed into a way to determine the graduation eligibility of a student. Nevertheless, EOCs do not challenge the students; they are merely an attempt for the school recognition due to high-test scores. EOCs do not need to be gotten rid of but modified because they have problems like any other test. The tests do not challenge the students because they lack rigor, are not fair to students on each academic level, and are a waste of money. Each class taught in a public high school should have rigor.
At times, a student’s future could be reliant on a single test score. This type of testing may be doing more harm than good, proving that this is not really necessary for students to be fully educated. Standardized tests, instead of promoting the achievement of an education, are in fact doing the opposite by limiting learning and deemphasizing the significance of characteristics such as individuality and creativity, ultimately having a harmful effect on students. Standardized exams like the ACT in the United States are mandated partially to motivate students to work harder in school and to promote a better education throughout a nation, categorizing the students into various levels of competence and distinguishing the elite few. But these tests—or any heavily weighted tests that compares students—are not completely n... ... middle of paper ... ...e educators and a happy environment for students instead of spending so much time and money on standardized tests that will only worry students more.
The performance of the education system is an issue that causes much controversy in society. The educational system has many ways to teach in the schools but our society is always wondering if these methods are the best. We live in a country where the education is one of the first values and we are responsible about how education is taught in our schools. In the pursuit of improving this ways society tends to compare our education level with other countries and their teaching methods. This essay has the purpose to compare two articles about the problems that our education is facing First I will discussed the arguments of the Article ’’ Why the other countries Teach Better’ ’by The New York Times Editorial Board.
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