Standardized Testing And Final Exams Essay

1028 Words Jul 31st, 2015 5 Pages
Standardized testing and final exams have been around for over fifty years and they are not a good way of evaluating student success. The tests focus on math and literature drawing away from arts and sciences. The tests put an unimaginable and unnecessary amount of stress on a growing teen balancing work, family, and relationships, and they discriminate against the poor and various racial groups by making their overall score worth less to the system. Standardized tests and final exams are harmful to the students and the education system as a whole. Final exams and some standardized tests are often a massive percentage of the student’s final grade. Typically between 20 and 50 percent. This is a make or break grade. The student may achieve all A’s all year but then test badly or be having a bad day and severely lower their overall grade if not fail entirely. Often times these tests are completely multiple choice, this does not promote students to immerse themselves in the topic and learn, this promotes them to strictly memorize facts, and not truly understand them. Multiple choice also promotes guessing. It is much easier to guess from a selection of four answers that might be correct rather than pick through your brain or use context clues to answer short answer or fill in the blank questions. While on the other hand a multiple choice examination is the quickest, easiest, and most concise way to test a large amount of people on the exact same subject matter it just simply…

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