What Are The Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

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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 to every individual. Standardized testing is required because it gives a concrete base, teachers, parents and administration agree with it and we use it to rank students/ districts worldwide. People opposing standardized testing argue that these tests are too stressful for students and should not be required because the testing takes away from the real learning. The US is currently ranked number 14 in the world of education. Clearly, we have a need to do something to improve our education and…show more content…
That is when people starting arguing that we need to get rid of these tests because they are moving away from there original purpose, but instead of getting rid of them states and the government need to work together to implement stricter laws. Another reason why teachers and administrators cheat these tests is because they are under pressure to meet certain score goals. One of the most recent examples of this is in Atlanta, Georgia. “An Atlanta jury convicted 11 teachers of racketeering and other crimes in a standardized test-cheating scandal believed to be the worst of a wave of test cheating in nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C.”(The Washington Post). This type of behavior is unacceptable, I understand that teacher are under serious stress teaching their students and making sure they pass these tests, but their motives are

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