The Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

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One of the biggest topics in the educational world is standardized tests. All fifty states have their own standards following the common core curriculum. There are many positives and negatives that go with the standardized tests. A standardized test is any type of “examination that's administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner” (Popham, 1999). These standardized tests are either aptitude tests or achievement tests. Schools use achievement tests to compare students. There are pros to standardized examinations as tools for gaining information about student’s literacy strengths and weaknesses that can influence instruction. A pro to standardized examinations is that every student in the same state will take the same tests.…show more content…
Each student will have the same material from the week in their binder. It is imperative to communicate to each student that this is their way to show their progress throughout the year. Next, explain that this portfolio will be checked at any time without notice (minim once a month). There will also be three scheduled checks. Checking the binder will encourage the students to maintain and evaluate them. The portfolio will then be graded for organization and neatness. This will give the student the responsibility of making sure that their portfolio is in order to receive a good grade. These portfolios/binders will hold writing assignments, vocabulary sheets, spelling tests, and short stories with the question and answer page. These will be placed into the binder every Friday or as soon as they are given back to the student. Each page mentioned above has their own importance to the student’s growth. Assessments should be added at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. The educator will be able to see the exact progress the student has made throughout the year. The portfolio can effectively be used for summative and formative assessment. The first evaluation will involve a private conversation between the student and the educator. This would be a formative assessment. This assessment concentrates on observing the students response to instruction. Formative assessment gives instant feedback to the educator and student
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