Essay on Standardized Testing Should Not Be Relied

2053 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Imagine a world where every person receives a number based on their intelligence. Test scores determine one’s number. High numbers mean the person is intelligent, or they cheat, and low numbers would mean the person is unwise, or suffers from test anxiety. What would your number be? Standardized tests came about in 1845 as a replacement to oral exams— given to prove knowledge in paper form. In 1920 the SAT made its debut as the first voluntary standardized test given to those on track for higher education. Forty years after the SAT, 1960, the federal government started to push for higher test scores to ensure a skilled workforce in America. Fast forward another fifty-six years, 2016, the scores are for knowledge and not achievement. The scores separate the great from the “slow” and make sure money isn’t being wasted (Grodsky 385-404). Standardized tests are a controversy because of the limits on creativity, cost, and accuracy. Standardized testing should not be relied on to determine one’s intelligence. Standardized testing covers the general education subjects, math, science, English, and writing, however the one subject that’s left out isn’t a subject at all. Standardized tests do not allow any room for students to express themselves. Line Dalile, an author from Dubai, explains in ““How Schools Are Killing Creativity” that, “Creativity isn’t a test to take, a skill to learn, or a program to develop. Creativity is seeing things in new ways, breaking barriers that stood…

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