Government in our school system is killing our academic advancements. Our teachers themselves have had to forget how they once thought to teach “the test”. Students are very much aware that the school systems want their money from the state and federal governments for the student’s attendance/ test scores. Where is the money going? Where do the students benefit?! What are the effects of the standardized test on teachers and students? The No Child Left Behind act is quite an ironic one, schools that didn’t meet the standards right away received extra funding to train teachers and improve their curriculums; yet these students have text books that are almost as old as they are ( if not older), outdated technology, and all they’ve learned is how to pass the standardized tests. These students have learned nothing valuable, with the exception of how to use deductive reasoning on a multiple choice test, and how to fill in a tiny bubble without going out of the line! This bubble has limited students more than anything; it takes away creativity, kind of like when a small child is using a coloring book; they …show more content…
How is this fair? Quite plainly, it’s not fair to the teachers or the students, but that is not what the state wants out of teachers anymore. The state wants teachers who can get students to pass the test without cheating. So where is the money that is supposed to help these students and teachers? Well, some of it goes to classes for the teachers to help them “stay in the lines”, and prep them to teach the
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The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was put into place to provide extra money for children who do not have money while trading their knowledge using their test scores. The NCLB Act says that students are to be given yearly tests along with yearly report cards to track how well they are doing in school, in doing so, school is not about fun and socializing but now it is all business. These tests not only do not help the students learn but puts a load of stress on their shoulders, alongside that the tests have no purpose other than grading how well a students is able to retain information.
Following the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, it has not only sparked fear in students but teachers as well. High stakes testing has taken a toll on student creativity and achievement as well as the closing of schools and termination of teachers and administrators. In 2011 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that “82 percent of schools could be failing by the end of 2012” (US News, 2013). Proponents of testing such as taxpayers and parents approve of this process as it increases accountability of the schools and teachers.
In classrooms all across America, students sit perched over their desks in the process of taking standardized tests. As the students take the tests, teachers pace nervously up and down the rows of their classroom, hoping and praying that their students can recall the information which they have presented. Some children sit relaxed at their desks, calmly filling in the bubbles and answering essay questions. These children are well prepared and equipped to handle their tests. Other children, however, sit hunched over their desks, pondering over questions, trying to guess an answer. They struggle to recall information that has been covered many times in class, but they can’t.
Students shouldn’t be measured by what they get on standardized test since it doesn’t show other things that the students are good at. The author wrote, “ Contrary to popular assumptions about standardized testing, the tests do a poor job of measuring student achievement. They fail to measure such important attributes as creativity and critical thinking skills.” (Opposing viewpoints in Context pg.1) The author’s main argument is that standardized tests do not show the other skill that students, schools or programs have that isn’t shown just through a test. That Standardized testing doesn’t effectively measure the achievement of students. In his or her article, the author puts what achievement is but what is based on standardized test and not other things. A lot of attributes are not measured from the standardized tests. There are some places that have rewards for “shallow thinking” (Opposing viewpoints Pg.3)
“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. ”- Unknown Standardized testing is frequently thought of something that is useless and boring but in reality it is one of the most beneficial things to happen to this country’s education system. Though many may argue against this claim, their evidence does not suffice. Standardized testing helps teachers assess their students knowledge and know what she/he needs to teach them.
I first became aware of standardized testing when I entered third grade. I’m sure I was being tested as early as second grade. However, this is when it started to stand out to me. I finally knew the “importance” of this test and why I needed to take it seriously. Teachers, my parents, and even my peers stressed how these test’s would determine the classes I was placed in for the start of my school career. Statistics show that standardized testing is the leading cause of our public education to fail year after year. Should students in the United States be measured by bias standardized testing?
Will standardized testing be the next thing taken out of United States school systems? This is a question many people are trying to find answers to. Standardized testing has become an issue for a lot of Schools in the United States and around the world. Many people are wanting to opt their child out of having to take these standardized tests. Parents do not think these tests should be given because of what they put the children through. Parents are eager to know how one day of testing can determine whether their child passes or fails. A Washington post news article explains the percent of student who have opted out of taking these tests. “This past spring, 20 percent of students in New York state opted out of mandated standardized tests, the scores of which are used to evaluate teachers through highly controversial assessment methods” (Strauss, V.) Washington post also shares statistics regarding roughly how many tests on average a student is required to take “…public school systems in the country, students in the 2014-15 school year sat over 6,500 times for tests, taking tests with 401 different titles” (Strauss, V.) Most
In this day and age-standardized tests have become the sole way of testing kids, and it's affecting our educational system and schools. As stated by Education Week, an American education news site, every state requires some sort of standardized test that students must take. Our nation is no longer just looking at how kids learn and grow to see if they are achieving. They are measuring this achievement or competency through a test. Additionally, according to the Washington Post,”The average student in America’s big-city public schools takes some 112 mandatory standardized tests between pre-kindergarten and the end of 12th grade” (Valerie Strauss). As important as standardized tests have become, the question begs again, “Which school provides students with the skills needed to learn and perform on these tests”. While both year-round and public schools benefit its students, year-round schools focus on student retention, while public schools focus more on standardized tests.
Standardized testing is an unfair and discriminatory practice, it is an unreliable form of assessment and it causes excessive stress not only to students, but faculty and administrators as well. Many argue that standardized testing is the appropriate way
A very current and ongoing important issue happening within the education system is standardized testing. A standardized test is any examination that's administered and scored in a calculated, standard manner. There are two major kinds of standardized tests: aptitude tests and achievement tests. Standardized aptitude tests predict how well students might perform in some subsequent educational setting. The most common examples are the SAT’s and the ACT’s. The SAT and the ACT attempt to estimate how well high school students will perform in college. But standardized test scores are what citizens and school board members rely on when they evaluate a school's effectiveness. Nationally, five such tests are in use: California Achievement Tests,
If someone was to ask you “how do you define student achievement?” what would your answer be? Would you say student achievement is measured by state achievement tests? Or would you say that student achievement is too complex a subject to be objectively measured? There are many important skills students must be taught, and we need a way to effectively measure if they are in fact learning those skills. However, standardized tests cannot effectively show the learning of all students, especially those that are not good test takers. And of those skills that are tested, there are an endless number of arguably more important skills that aren’t being valued because they cannot be calculated. Furthermore,
In 2001, President Bush reintroduced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to close the achievement gap. It authorized school vouchers that would pay for students to switch to better educational institutions; however, this act punished lower performing schools, claiming them to be incompetent, thus hurting the students still attending those schools (League, 2011). No Child Left Behind was a failure because it did not get to the root of the problem: by only enabling some students, many others were hurt and the achievement gap actually widened (Huang, 2015, p. 4-5).
Tomorrow was the big day. The day that every student despised, but came every year. The problem that transcends national borders: standardized testing. Before I knew it, it was the final week, and time was running out. In my case, the Connecticut state test, the CMT, was in just two days. More than nervousness, there was a cloud of confusion surrounding this test for us students. Some said that preparation and study are necessary for this test, while most thought just the opposite. Some people were even saying that the scores for these tests somehow will affect our progress in school. Looking back, I don’t remember the test being all that hard, but it didn’t make sense to me. How could this one test, filled with questions that require shallow thinking and zero creativity, show the state the performance of my hard-working teachers, or the individuality and strengths of each student? Or on a larger scale, every student in the entire state?
What’s your ACT score? Students are branded with their ACT and SAT scores in society. Today’s education is heavily leaning on standardized tests. An average students takes over one hundred standardized tests in his or her school years. Standardized tests are used to measure and test the knowledge of students in a particular subject in a quick and easy way. These tests are also used to see the extend and skill of students for qualifications of certain colleges and scholarships. Some of these standardized tests include the ACT and the SAT. But do these test fully measure the strength of knowledge these students have practiced for their whole lives? Standardized testing does not allow students to fully and completely show their strength in education and instead results in breaking down students mentally and physically.
Is there an efficient and effective way of measuring ability? Throughout history, mankind has strived to find a feasible manner of tracking and comparing, their achievements and achievements in knowledge. Recently, this pursuit has led to the popularized use of standardized tests. However, standardized tests are not an effective way of measuring the knowledge of humanity. Although, if used properly, they can reflect the gathered information, it is not always correct.