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.
(Ravitch.154 ) Critics would argue that certain standardized tests do not meet the qualifications necessary to judge the progress of a student or a teacher. (Ravitch.152 ) Not only is testing used to evaluate a student, but also teacher achievement. (ProCon. "Standardized Tests - ProCon.org.) Holding educators accountable for test scores places an unfair amount of stress on all parties involved, as well as inducing a difficult working atmosphere.
The use of standardized tests is not something new. Everyone should know about their importance and the emphasis put on them, along with the stress that follows. There are multiple choice tests, high-stakes tests, and the dreaded time-limited tests. It is true to say not all tests are created equal; however, every one of these tests has serious flaws. Standardized tests are unfair because they fail to measure students' abilities, they cause an unnecessary amount of stress, and there are too many incentives to teach the test.
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.
Students have to deal with the pressure of This also places the added burden of constantly trying to do better than their peers onto students (Williams). Students are often compared with little regard to their differences (Williams). When students are forced to "perform" on these tests and do better than their fellow students it shifts the focus from actually learning the material to cramming in as much information as possible to do well on the tests. This pressure placed on the students can lead to severe anxiety and in extreme cases mental conditions. Standardized tests have become so intense that they have taken the joy out of teaching and learning for both students and teachers.
Missing out on these opportunities can have a lasting affect on students. If there is no time to rest your mind and your body, then there is no time for breathing room. Making high scores on standardized test, and making high grades in class are two completely different aspects. According to Charles Murray, … the sat is more than a test. It is one of life’s landmarks.
Dr. Glasser’s tests and testing methods are also very unrealistic. A student tested with open note and open book tests would be able to not have to contribute in class. If a student would be given all the information for a test at the testing time, why should he study beforehand? Also, the amount a student could be tested on would be small. Teachers would have to do multiple tests throughout the year to cover all the material.
Teaching towards tests does not give enough time for teachers to make sure that their students know the information well enough for them to succeed. Teachers have such a small window to teach their students what’s on the test, that teachers do not have enough time to go back and revisit a topic that their students do not understand fully, leaving a hole in the students’
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 process leads to teacher evaluations. No one likes to be put under pressure in the classroom. To be put under pressure causes more stress than needed on the teachers behalf. How is a teacher supposed to make students perform proficiently on tests? There are many different cases that can cause a good student to have bad test results.