Standardized Testing: Destroying A Healthy Education

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Standardized Testing: Destroying a Healthy Education Standardized testing has lowered student achievement in the past several years. “The US has slipped from 18th in the world in math in 2002, to 31st place in 2009” (Walker). Something needs to be done, because a good education is how Americans succeed. American children are losing a battle with education because of these high stakes testing. The original purpose of the tests is “to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain high-quality education at minimum proficiency on State standards” (“Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged”). But, the test anxiety is becoming more prevalent, and is keeping students from performing their best (Kohn).…show more content…
Many have been failing more and more each year. Going on another tandem, students who are taking ESL classes are taking English tests before they can comprehend what they are reading (Walker). As well as, special ED students are taking the same tests as other students, taking away from their IEP (Walker). Even the teachers are losing this battle too. They are pressured to teach to the test “declining high-order thinking, and reducing the time to teach” (Walker). A high negative effect to this, is that schools lose funding if the tests are not exemplary, which again, raises the stress of teachers and students (Kohn). Asides from the students and teacher’s effects, the measurement and objectivity of the tests are…show more content…
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