Pros And Cons Of Standardized Tests Are Hurting Education
“According to the 2015 PDK/Gallup Survey of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, 64 percent of Americans (and 67 percent of public school parents) say there is ‘too much emphasis on testing,’” says Tim Walker in the article “Poll: Americans Want Less Standardized Testing and More School Funding.” This statistic shows how the American public is sick of testing and there are many reasons why they do. Standardized testing for high schools students is hurting their education because it puts excessive stress on students, it narrows the learning curriculum, and it does not accurately measure the intelligence of students.
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There is not one definite group of people who agree in standardized testing, it is more parts of different groups, such as teachers, parents, students, etc. These individuals have many reasons as to why standardized testing is exceptional and should stay as they are in schools, but one specific reason is they believe that standardized tests are an efficient and accurate way to measure student intelligence and their performance in school. The article “12 Primary Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing” states, “Without these tests, policy makers would have to depend on tests that are scored by individual teachers and schools that have a vested interest in producing favorable results.” According to the article, standardized tests accurately measure student performance because there is no teacher or school bias. There are many factors that contribute to why standardized tests do not effectively measure student performance. Standardized tests only test a part of the objectives of education and even with that part that they test, it is only broad aspects of it. Just because there would be bias if teachers graded the tests does not mean that they accurately measure student performance. This test that only covers very general topics of education cannot in any way accurately measure student intelligence or performance. This was only one of the many arguments in favor of standardized testing, but each one can be refuted with arguments such as this