The Cons Of Standardized Testing, Attivity And Diversity In Schools

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For countless years, students have had the experience of taking at least one standardized test. Standardized tests have been in use a long time to measure a student’s progress in core subjects. Standardized testing has changed the purpose of school. Going to school each day only to be educated the test. Not only does the students miss out on what they should learn to prepare for themselves for when they become adults, but also the teachers. The teachers do not have the time to teach their students what they wish to teach. The curriculum has been altered to only cover the subjects that will be tested. Standardized tests should be cast out of the school system seeing that it does not value the students’ creativity or diversity, standardized testing …show more content…
In a classroom, full of children, there are no students who are the exact same. Factors such as environment, cultural backgrounds, ability, and language can all lead to different styles of learning. (Harris) Despite that students are unique in their own way; standardized test does not favor the students. The tests are the same, each question must follow a specific format and each question is required to be answered following that format otherwise it will be considered wrong. They do not measure the potential to imagine creatively. In “test world”, there is no welcoming of a creative student or a diverse student. “The overemphasis on testing has led many teachers to eliminate projects and activities that provide students with an opportunity to be creative and imaginative, and scripted curriculum has become the norm in many classrooms. There is nothing creative or imaginative about filling in a bubble sheet for a multiple-choice test.” (Strauss) Student differences are not meant to be ignored, every student is remarkable in their own …show more content…
In elementary through high school, standardized testing has conditioned the students into two different groups. There are the “smart children” they do exceedingly well in class and are different classes than the rest such as the AIG or the Academically/ intellectually gifted program. Then there are the “dull children” this group is intertwined with students who need special assistance since they may have a learning disability. (Love) The students become labeled and continue to be in the same position throughout their school career until improvement is shown in their test scores. Students realize how much of an impact these tests have towards their future. However, improvement for some students may not be so easily achievable. Students who are put in the lower classes may not be necessarily capable of being the better classes, they may not be the best test takers. After the students complete the test; results are not given to teachers and students until several months later. Once they receive their results the test does not provide any feedback or comments on how to perform better. “Classroom surveys show most teachers do not find scores from standardized tests scores very useful. The tests do not help a teacher understand what to do next in working with a student because they do not indicate how the student learns or thinks. Nor do they measure much of what students should learn. Good

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