Later I found out that whether or not I graduate depends on passing the test. The idea of standardized testing to say whether or not students graduate is a bad one. Not just bad for schools, principals, and teachers, but it can mean the end of a student’s future before it begins. That means not only does schools suffer, but everyone in our communities, states, and country suffers. It used to be that students had to take standardized tests every year.
In today’s day and age, the public school system has made it more and more rigorous to pass and graduate. One of the steps that students are now required to take is that they are now required to take a standardized based assessment. In many educational systems, if students do not pass this test they would not be allowed to pass to the next grade or even graduate in some cases. Not only does this test have severe negative consequences for them if they do not pass, but they also have negative consequences toward their instructors and their school. If students do not show growth or show proficiency this may affect their teachers’ pay or even their jobs.
These tests put a lot of undo stress on students to preform well on standardized tests throughout the year. While some students are excellent test takers others become over whelmed with the process and fail to rise to their true academic level. “On Mar. 14, 2002, the Sacramento Bee reported "test-related jitters, especially among young students, are so common that the Stanford-9 exam comes with instructions on what to do with a test booklet in case a student vomits on it. "” Stress from theses tests have become so common that there are now instructions on how to deal with it.
Many teacher 's jobs are threatened when their classes test scores are not at the level they should be. Frances Banales says, "We must get the testing scores increased...Everything is overshadowed by one high-stakes test.”(Overman 2) A teacher must teach the material that is on the end of the year state test in the allotted time of a school year. To fit all the material in a school year, a teacher must prepare the students and themselves for the test. This is not teaching the students anything besides how to test and that is why students are not ready for college. Richard says, "...the time spent on schooling students in the techniques of test taking--how to fill in answer sheet bubbles, whether to guess or not, what to do when time runs short, and so on?”(Phelps 1) Teachers are so focused on the test scores reflecting back on the teacher and not focused on if students actually learn the material.
Starting in third grade, a student must pass the TAKS to move on to the next grade level. This means that an incredible amount of stress is placed on each student starting at the young age of eight. Also, a senior must pass the test before he or she will receive a diploma or be allowed to walk the stage at the graduation ceremonies. It may seem like these are perfectly reasonable standards for students to achieve; however, for advanced students, the TAKS tests them over material that they have not studied in years. For some children, the test places high amounts of anxiety and stress on them.
Students experience a lot of changes in themselves and their behaviors between elementary school and high school. Adolescents are expected to take on a lot of responsibilities that they have not previously been accustomed to. The attitudes of students adjust to their new standards accordingly. Students end old relationships and start new ones. Social, educational, and physical changes can put a lot of stress on middle and high school students, which is why these years are usually regarded as the worst for students.
High-Stakes Tests are Detrimental to the Future of Our Children Almost every person who has graduated from high school has taken the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), which is generally used for college admissions. We all remember the stress of taking a test that could affect our future educational plans. Now due to the “No Child Left Behind Act” of 2001, this kind of test is now being administered to children from the 3rd to 8th grades as a way to determine if the school or teachers are educating them properly. High-stakes standardized tests of this nature should not be used to determine the educational abilities of either schools or the teachers. Standardized tests have been around for quite a while now, and are used by a large number of schools.
I needed a little time to adapt to high school before I could improve my grades. During this time, my parents became upset because I brought home a report card that was not as good as they were expecting. Then I really noticed the pressure getting higher and higher. I did not only notice this with me, but I noticed this with many of my friends. I heard phrases like “My parents are going to kill me” and “I'm going to be grounded for 10 years” many times so when the opportunity to do research on this came up, I chose this as my subject.
Students have had to rely on just one test to pass them for the whole semester (FairTest). Although the tests require students to retain information until the end of the semester, I believe it is wrong to allow just a single test to decide whether an entire semester’s work will be rewarded will the credit that may have been well earned. Even general standardized tests such as the SAT, which almost every high school student has taken, are not fair to students who may come from a poor educational background (Standardized Minds). Students are at a disadvantage if they have test taking anxiety, a condition that many students suffer from. If a student is having a bad day or going through a rough time on a test day, this may also determine their entire semester’s work.
Many students did not pass the test their first time, and were forced to go through the test up to four more times, and if they did not pass the test in this amount of time, they did not graduate. It is hard to test students in this way since no one was taught the same way all 12 years or learned the same exact things; these differences are why people are different (Popham 2). School is more about testing now, and we have veered away from creative teaching to teach a test. We need to have teachers who inspire kids to want to ... ... middle of paper ... ... Testing: Pro and Con.