Standardized Testing And Test School Essay

1868 Words Oct 24th, 2016 8 Pages
Students have been taking standardized tests since their early elementary school days. The number of tests students must take is overwhelming. On average, those in 3rd through 8th grade, grades that are mandated to have annual testing by federal law, take about 10 standardized tests each school year. Some communities that have a greater number of district mandated tests have students take up to 20 tests a year (Lazarin 19). Education policies such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the current Race to the Top have resulted in a curriculum more focussed on standardized testing and test prep. With students taking standardized tests once a month, is this system effectively measuring students while putting their needs first? Standardized testing is a hot button issue in education and there needs to be a solution that measures students’ progress, but eliminates the current issues.
First, this system of standardized testing isn’t able to measure all facets of student achievement. Infact, it rewards shallow thinking. In the article “Standardized Tests Do Not Effectively Measure Student Achievement,” an opinion piece written by three prominent figures in the education system, the authors report on studies that show there is statistical association between students with high scores on standardized tests and shallow thinking. Students are achieving good results by doing things like guessing and skipping the hard parts. Thus, these tests reward students for superficial thinking while…

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