We take for granted much of what we have just because we are used to having these things in our lives. This is a large reason that our country is so far behind others in the education systems. Our country has amazing new technology that is brought into schools all the time. We do not use these new advancements to our advantage and we are only hurting ourselves and the future generations by not using every possible way to get better in the classrooms and get prepared for the future. In our country, we are not challenged enough in our school systems.
What the test may cover may not be what the students have learned in class. However, some critics feel “that standardized tests allow administrators, teachers, and parents the opportunity to view solid evidence of the students’ performance, which in turn could lead to curriculum changes” (Banta, p.1). Standardized tests also create unnecessary stress for students. These tests require students to study or cram for many hours and puts them in a demanding social setting where they are forced to answer difficult questions. Standardized testing was once a good idea, to test the students’ capabilities and to see how they compare with other districts, but teachers teach using different methods and focus on different issues.