Terminating the Test Monster American children are being held hostage in public schools today by a billion dollar destructive monster known as the high stakes standardized achievement tests. These tests have been terrorizing our American students since the 2002 enactment of the No Child Left Behind law initiated by former president, George W. Bush. An angry uproar of parents, educators, and child advocates need to be heard crying out across the nation demanding the release of its children from the greedy clutches of this monster. Known as a nation that protects its children, encourages individuality, and supports the pursuit of dreams, it is time for the American public to end the nightmare era of the high stakes testing. While some individuals believe that these tests are valid indicators of intelligence and give valuable information on student achievement, the exact opposite is true. These monster tests should be eliminated from our public schools because they give inaccurate results of intelligence, discriminate against poorer school districts, and negatively affect the teaching profession and curricula. Standardized achievement tests do not give accurate interpretations of a student’s intelligence at all. Since intelligence is multi-dimensional, there is no way that one test can accurately measure the intelligence level of students; therefore, these tests should never be used as the sole basis of passing or failing students. Yet, that is exactly what is happening in public schools today. “A proper role for standardized tests is that they are one potentially useful source of information” (Hedge 65). These high stake tests should never be the primary source and definitely not the sole source for evaluating a student’s intelligence. These tests should only be used as one look at a student’s level of learning. If used correctly, these tests could be beneficial in showing areas of strengths and weaknesses for each individual student. Individualized plans could then be put in place to help the students improve any subject areas they appear to be weak in. However, this is not happening in our public schools (Flanagan 3). These high stakes tests are being given for the wrong reasons and are typically given towards the ends of the school year. There are absolutely no follow-up benefits for the students and no plans are made to help students on their weaker subject areas (Hedge 65). In essence, these tests are worthless. Furthermore, the high stakes element of these tests make most students extremely anxious. Students know that even though they have made good grades all year long, they still are in danger of being retained in the same grade if they fail the achievement tests. This level of anxiety can affect how the students perform on the tests. Inaccurate results of a student’s true ability levels could be the outcome if a student totally freezes on the test due to anxiety. Peter Henry, a veteran educator is alarmed by the stories he hears of young children so stressed out by these tests that they are unable to sleep, act out aggressively and become emotional wrecks due to the hype surrounding these tests (Henry 51).Why should children be encouraged to study and work hard all year long if their promotion is based on the results of one test given at the end of the year? This is pure insanity. If this is to be the case, why not give these tests at the beginning of the year and allow students who pass them a free-school-year pass. These monster tests must be done away with. If these reasons are not already enough to annilate these tests, add in the facts that these tests may discriminate against non-native English speakers, minority groups, and those with lower socio-economic circumstances. “Tests standardized on mainstream American children are especially not useful in assessing varied ethno cultural groups” (Hedge 66). Those students who are less fluent with the English language may have difficulties even comprehending the…
Mrs. Stephanie Wood
9 October 2013
Improving Educational Achievement
Standardized testing is meant to evaluate how well students are learning in their schools, and how well their schools are preparing them for graduation and careers after high school, but without the right kinds of tests, and a thorough understanding of their proper uses, we may do more harm than good to public education in America.Some students have test anxiety, some have certain learning disabilities…
28 February 2014
Standardized tests are designed to enable us to compare the performance of students in a relatively efficient way. This is a controversial issue around the United States because some feel that the test do not show the students’ performance. Is standardized testing the best way to test? Some may argue against and feel “that standardized tests allow administrators, teachers, and parents the opportunity to view solid evidence of the students’…
twelve years of education with merely making D’s is not enough in my opinion. A student should be able to display their acquired knowledge throughout their schooling on a standardized test which will also encourage the student knowing that he or she has to pass in order to graduate. I strongly believe that placing a standardized test where students have to pass in order to receive their diploma is absolutely necessary and will help improve academic achievement.
Following this topic further, one…
public school system is to assure every child the natural right to an education. Currently, every state in the nation has laws requiring attendance in school (grades K-12). There are also requirements on what subjects the students must learn. Standardized testing measures every student’s ability in these required subjects and assesses all tests equally. These high-stakes tests are used to determine the student’s achievement and their progression to the next level of schooling. Statistics show that students…
Is Our Standardized Testing Hurting or Helping Us?
Everyone knows that education is a fundamental way of life. I mean, we learn something new every day. But the real question is, do we retain this information or are we just retaining it for just the time being and then throwing it away for it not to be used again within the year, just for testing and that’s it? Is our school year all just based off of the state test we take at the end of the year? I know, some of us as students would actually…
lives. The education scale of math, reading and science is holding teachers and students back from exercising the full potential of America’s future. Combining creativity into all aspects of education, as well as changing America’s view of standardized testing, are two important aspects that we need to consider for the next generation of students.
Creativity has continuously been cut from the K-12 schools due to a lack of funding. When schools’ budgets are cut, the first things that seem to go are…
www.gRepresentative Scott Ourth,
I am an education major at Simpson College in Indianola Iowa, I am writing with a group of
three other students urging your support to abolish standardized testing. Next week many school’s in
our state will be taking the ITBS, one of many useless standardized tests. Each year students take this
test which brings unnecessary stress to educators by having to teach students how to pass a test rather
than focus on curriculum, and educators already have too little time to work with primary content…
1 May 2015
Bullying has become one of the largest on-going growing problems within our society today. Statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying. It has evolved from just the mere average big kid picking on the small kid on the playground. Bullying has long lasting effects that have a great impact on the victim’s life. First, what is bullying? Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior among…
Adams – 1
Thesis Statement: Students deserve to enjoy learning, not dread it.
Testing is Not Teaching
Standardized testing is wasting an ample amount of money that could be used for important school programs and extra-curricular activities that benefit students. (CX) According to the Brookings Institution, the aforementioned tests are costing the United States 1.7 billion dollars a year. The money spent on these ineffective exams should be used on programs such as the arts or sports, which have…
Standardized Testing: Good or Bad?
If someone was to ask you “how do you define student achievement?” what would your answer be? Would you say student achievement is measured by state achievement tests? Or would you say that student achievement is too complex a subject to be objectively measured? There are many important skills students must be taught, and we need a way to effectively measure if they are in fact learning those skills. However, standardized tests cannot effectively show the learning…