Essay on Standardized Testing Is More Harm Than Good

1150 Words Oct 18th, 2015 null Page
Public education is something nearly every child in the United States had to go through to better prepare them for life after secondary school. If a child is in elementary school at this time then he or she will face a long road of education that will include standardized tests. When President George W. Bush was in office, he ratified the No Child Left Behind Act to help boost test scores in the United States. Because of the No Child Left Behind Act, the United States increased standardized testing to measure how well students are learning the material (“No Child Left Behind”). Based on the scores that students get, the school and teachers will either be rewarded or penalized (“No Child Left Behind”). Standardized testing doing more harm than good because it is about how well a student can test, the tests can be unreliable at times, and the standards are not the same in every state.
Students nowadays are only being taught how to take a test rather than to think. Throughout the public school system, students are learning testing techniques and the basic knowledge needed to pass the test. There is nothing wrong in teaching these concepts as they can be used, but teachers are taking most of their time to teach these concepts. In some cases, teachers will only teach what is exactly on the test instead of following the curriculum and teaching children how to think; “While our ability to memorize facts and think critically may be at an all-time high, our knack for coming up with…

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