Standardized Testing Controls Much Of The Academic Career Of A Student

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Standardized testing controls much of the academic career of a student. Today, tests such as the ACT and SAT determine the probability of getting into college while state tests such as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) serve as an assessment of preparedness toward the upcoming grade of learning. There is still controversy over the workings of standardized tests. While it does check the proper essentials needed to progress from grade to grade, these tests fail to portray the real depth of student learning, student success and knowledge by instead testing ability to take a test. The test also disadvantages those in a lower socioeconomic status benefiting those who can afford the necessary prep for testing. As a result, reform should be put in place to educate students for their futures better such as teacher evaluations.

For students to truly show their potential the No Child Left Behind Act must be changed. The act deems it necessary for every student to take the same test in efforts to achieve a standard score. The lack of said score not only leaves the individual student in a worse off position but poor scores as a school forces a drop in state and federal funding received by a school The children of today’s society are diverse, each of different background and different skill sets. When students are tested, they are given the same test for all, even those with learning disabilities, although applications…
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