Standardized Testing Is A Crucial Part Of Today 's Federal Education Structure Essay

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Standardized testing is a crucial part of today’s federal education structure; one that is both highly supported and criticized at all levels. The main point of this roundtable, and the chosen excerpts from the authors on the subject, is to discern and debate both the necessity of and the role that multiple choice testing plays in teaching history. This subject is relevant to us as history teachers because it opens up the floor for discussions about the need to either continue, reform, or completely scrap multiple choice testing from the history standard of secondary education in today’s society. The discussions for this roundtable are stationed around six excerpts from different history education scholars. The centerpiece of this discussion, at least from my interpretation, is a piece from a retired history department head of Princeton University named Theodore K. Rabb. The excerpt of his writing details a more negative critique of multiple choice testing from the history aspect of public education. Rabb explains that the ‘teach to the test’ mentality of multiple choice examinations is an inherent failure; due to the fact that there are so many different aspects of history to teach. He states that teachers should be able to teach students on the different historical aspects that interest them as educators, while still following a core structured timeline, instead of having to follow a strict package of historical tidbits for a test. Rabb then explains that multiple choice

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