Standardized testing? Those two words are being heard by students all over the world and is beginning to be a repetitive non constructive assessment. This nonconstructive assessment has become relied upon by the school board to somehow grade the students accurately on a subject that is taught in a small window of time. This is a window that is a two week period and doesn't give teachers nor students enough time to learn or teach it. This is detrimental to the student body by not allowing a them to be properly assessed.
Throughout the last century, American education has used standardized testing to assess the aptitudes and achievement of our students. These tests have been used to make informed decisions about curriculum and instruction. The validity of the tests have been questioned. Standardized timed tests are really just about a student's performance in a determined amount of time on a given day. “The passing of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 is responsible for this shift toward high-stakes standardized testing, requiring the states to adopt a system of accountability based on standardized test scores”(Tager, n.p.).
These days, if a school's standardized test scores are high, people think the school's staff is effective. If a school's test scores are low, they see the school's staff as ineffective. In either aspect because educational quality is being measured by the wrong yardstick, those evaluations are more likely to be an error. One of the chief reasons that students' test scores continue to be the most important factor in evaluating a school. Most educators do not really understand why a standardized test provides a misleading estimate of a school staff's effectiveness.
The main point children go to school is to learn how to read, how to do math, and about our world's history. Parents who are concerned about the quality of their child's education should cringe when teachers announce that the materials that the class is working on is targeted to improve standardized test scores. This should be translated that the school is attempting to make itself look better feeding the test questions to the students.
Standardized testing damages education for kids and young adults. Teachers and students feel a tremendous amount of pressure with high-stakes testing. It has caused kids to become overworked; burnt out on testing. The pressure felt by high-staked testing is greater in disadvantage schools and result in more drill and practice instruction.
Legal precedent suggests that one can opt out on religious grounds. The 14th Amendment protects our rights to spiritual freedom, and this federal law supersedes state statute in regard to parental control over one's child. Do to the vast number of students who are opting out it has created an United Opt Out administration. Students who have not opted out are starting to revolt because they feel its unfair.
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