At Keller High School we take standardized test every year. The problem with standardized test are that they create a lot of stress and anxiety for many students of all ages. This leads to kids getting worse grades, because it is way harder to think about the questions when you are over run by stress. There are many problems with standardized testing that I have included but there are also solutions.
"Stress and pressure about forthcoming exams can result in what education researchers have termed “test anxiety”. This can present itself via a number of symptoms. ... As well as pressure from parents, pupils in Year 6 have cited the demands of the testing situation as a cause of stress."- The Conversation
STRESS FROM TESTS
“No excuses” schools that claim disciplinary and academic success with low-income students may instead be creating “toxic stress” that stunts students' emotional and intellectual growth" - Fair Test
US elementary and secondary students experience some test anxiety
Teachers feel moderate to extreme pressure from school and district administrators to improve test scores
EMPHASIS ON TESTS
Americans that say there is too much emphasis on testing
Americans that oppose test scores being used to evaluate teacher performance
Amount of hours on average students will spend on taking these test
Students are just taught whats on the test
Teachers are being forced to teach kids only what will be on the standardized test, even though we will never use most of it later on in life. Instead we should be taught valuable things we can use as we grow older.
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WAYS OF LEARNING
Standardized test are made at a level that they think every kid should know, but everyone has been taught different things different ways, therefor not every kid thinks the same, so what's easy for one kid might not be for another.
MEASURE OF KNOWLEDGE
The United States as a country is way too focused on numbers and efficiency, and doesn't truly measure our knowledge. Standardized test should not be taken to see who can finish the fastest or get the best grade. Since we know that is all they care about a lot of people just guess what they think the answer would be. This gives them a change at getting the answer right, while getting done way faster. Students don't think through there answers as much now.
Also these test are taken on one day, they are not something that is taken over a long period of time. Therefore they cant truly measure ones knowledge. Someone could be having a really bad day and end up doing poorly on the test, and then that is what they look at to determine how smart the student is or how much they have learned. What they should be doing is taking something over a long period of time to better show what areas to work on and what areas they know.
Instead of standardized test I think we should either focus on our six week grades, or make it a regular thing. For instance, student's take a test every one to two weeks to see how they are progressing. Taking the six weeks grades is what I think would be most beneficial for everyone. Your getting the in formation from something the student is already doing, not adding another test to their schedule, and it best records how much a student is progressing throughout the year. It also sees how well the student is at managing time by looking if they have their assignments and test turned in or not. I also think that in class they should not teach just for the test, instead students should be taught things they will actually use as they get older. Such as filing taxes, study skills, budgeting, and many other thing we could use later on in life. If we were to do all this instead of standardized test, and focused more on what is actually important and not just things such as the mitochondria is the power house of the cell, stress levels would also reduce. Kids wouldnt be as stressed for upcoming test, and wouldnt be stressed about what their future is going to be like because they dont know anything about being an adult.
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Research Project Product for English II. By: Madison York