Just Say No To Standardized Testing Essay

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Just Say No To Standardized Testing

Diane Ravitich said, "Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds." Standardized tests are a common and very popular way to evaluate the academic achievements of students, teachers, and the school district. All students taking the test have the same questions and the same amount of time to complete the test. The standardized tests are normally true or false or multiple choice. Rarely, are they fill in the blank. Although, most schools make students take standardized tests it does not measure the knowledge of a student.

Standardized testing has been used to measure how a student is compared to another student. They also determine how much of a certain curriculum they have learned throughout the semester of the year. These tests are being used to make major decisions about students. These decisions include grade promotion, high school graduation, and college entrance.

Some people are in favor of standardized testing. Ecampustours.com states that some believe the tests are practical since the test has explicit directions and are easy to administer. They are also time efficient and are easy to grade. Keeping track of performance levels between different students and different
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Once the standardized tests are taken, scores are published and schools are ranked from highest to lowest. Educators end up "teaching to the test" due to the fear of losing their jobs. According to Scholastic.com, it is unfair for schools to compared because the test-takers are different sets of people, which causes a huge variance in test results. Educators are not teaching students skills that go beyond the classroom since they are busy preparing students to take the standardized tests. Students are also not being taught life lessons that go beyond the

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