Standardized testing started in 1845, schools adopted the idea from the military in WWI and used them to measure students ability in the classroom. The last several decades standardized testing has been used to compare states, countries and college bound students. With these tests we can analysis where students are excelling and need improvements. These tests have come across as stressful, unreliable, time consuming and encourage cheating. Those arguments are weak though because they do not apply
As anti-testing activists say, “The resulting pressure [of standardized tests] is distorting education” as they “point to third-graders being coached on handling test anxiety” (Layton). Exit exams became a requirement for High school students to graduate back in the late 1970’s to prove that students have the knowledge needed for jobs in the future.(Standardized High School Exit Exams) Schools should eliminate standardized testing because it causes stress, it is flawed, and wastes schools money.
Jacob Mathai Keating-Online English 1303 22 September 2015 “Why Poor School Can’t Win at Standardized Testing” Standardized tests were implemented in all fifty states in 2001 in accordance with the No Child Left Behind program instituted by George W. Bush. This was originally designed in order to ensure that all schools were meeting standards of excellence and educating children that would be able to thrive in an increasingly competitive global market. However, there
For as long as standardized testing has been in use, there has been controversy regarding its purpose to students. Parents, students, and credible sources continue to debate the importance and necessity of standardized testing. Norman Augustine’s “High Marks for Standardized Tests”, focuses on the positives of standardized testing by refuting arguments made by opponents of standardized testing. In contrast, James Popham’s “Why Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Educational Quality” points out why standardized
Standardized testing has been a highly controversial topic in recent decades, especially because of its increasingly emphasized role in the educational process. While standardized testing is highly effective in measuring the quantity of the material being tested over is known by the student, it does not measure many other skills and does not take into account the affect of external factors. In addition, it causes unnecessary stress and pressure on both students and educators. A review of recent literature
The Flaws of Standardized Testing Standardized testing was established to evaluate students and teachers, but instead it takes up too much class time and puts extreme stress on students. This controversial topic is highly debatable. Evidence and statistics show that standardized tests aren't an accurate measure of student achievement. This paper will discuss 4 ways that standardized testing is unnecessary and unhelpful. The first way standardized testing is flawed is what is actually measured. The
emphasis on standardized testing and not individual student achievement. Although the United States uses standardized testing as a crutch, it is not an effective measure of a student’s ability, a teacher’s competency, or a school’s proficiency. Cheating can be a common routine in a classroom—from copying work on homework to copying answers on a test. “Cheating by teachers and administrators on standardized tests is rare, and not a reason to stop testing America's children” (Standardized Tests). This
Standardized testing rose to become a prominent force in America’s education landscape with the passing of the 2002 piece of legislation, No Child Left Behind. This law pressed states to hold their teachers and students accountable for their performance through the means of standardized testing (McAdoo). It came about as the solution that would make America’s stagnating education system competitive on the global scale again as it “put a special focus on ensuring that states and schools boost the
As the testing time period begins, students from all over the nation gather together to take a test that may determine their entire life. As they lack sleep the night prior, their anxious little minds begin to whirl, as though they are about to hurl. Following the instructions, the test has begun. Students rush through answering the questions rather quickly, while their life is now based solely upon the results of the test. Students are put beneath a time limit, in order to answer questions based
"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'