The Common Core State Standards have made tremendous gains for the world of education. Students nationwide are learning the same standards and skill sets. Nationwide standards are clearly necessary, so one state isn’t far more advanced or lagging behind other states. Not only has the Common Core provided national standards, it has created rigorous standards that encourage critical thinking, and prepare students for college curriculum and careers pursued after their schooling. Before Common Core, teachers could teach anything they wanted without purpose and support.
Our children were now being put first according to Act and the public and many political figures were ecstatic over the possibilities. What the public didn’t hear as much about is how the No Child Left Behind Act has had outcomes that were not intended such as testing anxieties in students, schools having to lay off teachers because of lack of funds because they couldn’t meet qualifying standards, and schools not having funds to purchase textbooks and needed materials to educate the children. The testing that is required for the government to assess the schools and students are not standards for every state, each state has some control over what they test as long as they test the main subjects of Reading and Math. Another negative is the federal funding that was promised by the government was not as much as they promised. This caused the state and local governments to have to pick up expenses that they were not prepared for in order to bring school up to standard.
The common core state standard creates extra pressure on teachers, puts our students at a true disadvantage, and removes parent involvement from our student’s education. Teachers are our hidden gems. Although not treated as such, they are a resource that is overlooked and underappreciated. In my opinion, there are three types of teachers: The driven teacher with a passion to educate students, the... ... middle of paper ... ...repeat itself. With the new standards our children may take a test that seems confusing and they may even get a little discouraged by feeling that they have no knowledge over the subject when they truly do/ Is that what the common core was created for?
Standardized testing does not let students show how capable they truly are. School Districts in Washington State should remove the testing so that students are able to express their work ethics in a better way than a single test score. The SAT and ACT tests are all tests that every student will most likely take, the test is the same for everyone. The test is completely multiple choice questions, except for the writing part of the test. By the test having multiple choice questions, it is not a valid way of showing off a student’s knowledge.
Considering our students, the education system has left myself as well as many other students battling with weaknesses due to the constant worry to compete rather than teach. The requirements and the motives of No Child Left Behind has made a negative impact on myself, due to teachers teaching the test in order to keep their funding. The Common Core and No Child Left Behind are both numbers driven. While teachers focus on keeping their funding, the government is focused on ranking and less about the minds of our future, our students. No Child Left Behind requires standardized testing, which requires students in a state to take the same test as everyone else under the same conditions.
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’
They all claim that tests may be an unfair way to rank children in the world today due to: teachers not teaching children the right material in preparation for the test, family upbringing, and even worrying the children would affect the test results. As Ayers indicates, one single test could not determine where a child stands in the business world, due to the fact that the test analyzes specific topics on school and nothing about their personality or more personal traits.
The Reality of Standardized Testing A parent generally always wants what is best for their children. When schools simple explanation of standardized testing is “it helps teachers to know a student’s level of understanding of the material that is being taught” parents believe in this. Parents always assume that schools are looking out for the benefit of the students. Standardized testing has been around since the 1800s. However it was not until the “No Child Left Behind Act” was passed in the early 2000s that standardized testing was dramatically enforced in public schools across the United States.
I think school district need to do a better job at training school leaders get the proper training and use teacher evaluations to benefit both the teachers and students. Teacher evaluations are very important. Most of the time, they have a negative feeling attached to them. Some teachers view evaluations as a way of them getting written up for what they are not doing and not as a way of growing and improving to help them teach their students. This also depends on how the principals frame and do teacher evaluations.
The nature and extent of an individual’s formal education will generally have great effects upon their entire life. Therefore, this topic is of significant relevance and usefulness to our society as a whole. The first reason for this call to close involvement is due to the fact that many students struggle with their schoolwork and homework because they lack the parental connection. The most some parents ever get involved in the education of their children is to look at report cards, and then hand out some form of discipline for low grades. Parents determine the academic success of their children, more than anyone else.