The Effects Of Standardized Testing On Public School Systems Essay

1298 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
The Controversy of Standardized Testing and
How it Effects Public School Systems
For my topic, I chose the controversy around standardized testing which can also be recognized as high-stakes testing. A standardized test is an assessment that’s administered and scored in a predetermined manner. Standardized tests are used to make an inference about the knowledge that a student possesses in a particular content area. I chose this topic as opposed to other topics because in my opinion it seems to be one of the most heated controversial topics in education. Standardized testing is an important topic because it affects anyone involved in education. It affects students because they are expected to achieve and do their best sometimes to progress to the next grade in school. It affects parents because they feel pressured outside the classroom to help their child succeed in the best way that they can. W. James Popham (1999) explains, “These days if a school’s standardized test scores are high, people think the school’s staff is effective. If a school’s standardized test scores are low, they see the school’s staff as ineffective” (p. 8). Lastly, it affects teachers the greatest because their career can be on the line when it comes to high-stakes testing. The productivity of a teacher can be measured by the results from a standardized test of their students and can affect things such as a receiving a pay raise. In my assessment of standardized testing in public school systems I will…

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