Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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"Standardized testing has become the arbiter of social mobility, yet there is more regulation of the food we feed our pets than of the tests we give our kids." ( quote by Robert Schaeffer). Historically standardized testing have been used as measures of how students are compared with one another or how much of a particular curriculum they have learned throughout the year. Standardized tests have been extremely familiar throughout our country. These tests are commonly used to measure a students' "Academic Performance" in school. Standardized testing should not be a source to prove that students are meeting their educational goals. The reasons being actual instruction time is being consumed by the monotonous test preparations, Standardized testing causes severe stress for students, and last but not least Standardized testing only measures a small portion of what education really is. On average most schools in America spent little bit more than a quarter of the school year for Standardized testing. This actually shows that it gives teacher less time to teach actual material in the class.…show more content…
Anecdotes abound describing the despair experienced by earnest students who were denied a diploma as a result of a high-stakes test, and illustrating how testing narrows the curriculum, frustrates the best teachers, produces gripping anxiety in even the brightest students, and makes young children vomit or cry, or both.( Cizek 12). " What is distinctive about current critiques of testing, however, is the intensity of the rhetoric about the negative consequences of testing and the seeming absence of serious consideration of any positive consequences. (Cizek 19)." If these testing are only made for stress then what is the point, and as we all know where stress exists there is no space for knowledge and education. At the end aren't we all victims of the Standardized
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