Standardized Testing Has For So Long Been The Determinant

1150 WordsApr 6, 20175 Pages
Standardized testing has for so long been the determinant of success and progress in many school systems around the world. Students get exposure to standardized tests at one point or the other, and the result from these tests are used to determine if a student can advance to a higher level or not (Moore, 2014). The school system in the United States has in place standardized tests for students who wish to join college and this need to be taken and passed for one to be sure of a college education. Even at lower levels of learning standardized tests remain to be the primary determinants of one’s performances, and in many instances, failure of standardized tests may be the reason why one is retained in the same class for a second consecutive…show more content…
After every standardized test students often present report cards to their parents for them to check the progress of their children (Knoester, & Au, 2017). It, therefore, helps the parents to identify whether their children are doing well and where adjustments need to be made. It also acts as a form of comparison for parents especially when comparing their child to other children in local schools and those at the national level. It also allows for comparison nationally for the schools. For example, in Texas, every public school is exposed to a similar standardized test (Knoester, & Au, 2017). Such instances provide opportunities for students, teachers, and schools to be awarded at the national level by how they perform on such standardized tests. It also means that students from Dallas can be compared to their counterparts in Amarillo and check on the progress of the schools. Standardized testing ensures objectivity especially when teachers are awarding marks to the students. The tests often have a standardized scoring system which means that the issue of subjectivity is eliminated by the standardized system (Knoester, & Au, 2017). Therefore, students will be awarded the grades they deserve and therefore understand where they are regarding performance. These tests will eliminate any form of bias that may occur especially when marking and awarding grades. It is evident that standardized
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