Standardized Testing And High School Education

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“Standardized testing has swelled and mutated…to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole” (Kohn, 2000). Comparing standardized testing to a swelling monster that is taking over the school systems is a bit of a reach but there is some weight to this statement. Standardized tests have become so frequent in elementary and high school education that they have become the most important tool that is used by school boards and colleges to determine a student’s achievements, but how accurate and reliable are these tests at showing all of these achievements? The answer? Not very accurate. Standardized testing, at both the elementary and secondary scchool levels, are not effective at accurately showing a student’s achievements. Standardized testing was originally introduced in China and were initially meant to help fill government jobs, fast forward a few decades, and the most famous SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the ACT(American College Testing) are used to identify which students will be the most successful in college and the future in general. These eventually became accepted as reliable source to measure a student’s academic potential and became the main “right of passage” for many college bound individuals. Essentially, if one does not do well on their SAT or ACT they will not be accepted into that university. This is a lot of stress for young students to take on and in today’s society there is a lot of questions surrounding these exams; Like how
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