The Effects Of Standardized Tests On Students

1890 WordsFeb 7, 20158 Pages
Standardized tests have been around for as long as I can remember. They are used as measures of how students are compared to one another, or of how much they know of a certain curriculum they were supposed to have learned throughout the school year. These tests are being used to make major decisions about students, such as moving to the next grade level, graduating from high school, and even going in to college. Millions of students across America had to repeat classes because of the way standardized tests are used to pass or fail students. Although these tests require students to learn all this information until the end of the semester, it is wrong to allow just a single test to decide whether an entire semester’s work will be rewarded or will they simply fail. Students are at a disadvantage if they have test taking anxiety, which is a condition that many students suffer from “a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure 's on to do well” (Lyness sec. 4). However, "the only objective part of standardized tests is the scoring, which is done by machine" (Weaver sec. 4). The purpose of students taking these tests is to measure the amount of information they have learned and will more than likely not use ever again. Educators might view standardized tests as a beneficial addition, rather than an intrusion to their classroom instruction. Standardized tests are meant as a balance to assure that state and local curriculum cover
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