High Stakes Testing In Public Schools

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The topic I find controversial is the reliance on high stakes testing to make schools accountable for the learning of students. High stake tests are mostly made up multiple choice questions and sometimes short answers which can only measure how well a student can remember basic facts. These tests do not cover the whole cognitive domain which can measure the true progress of a student, instead, they only can catch how well a student can answer the test maker’s prepared set of questions. And worse, public schools’ budgets get lower, money gets syphoned to private or charter schools who are not held accountable to the same testing requirements that are given to public schools. There are many external factors such as politics that can affect the
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