The Importance Of Standardized Testing In High School High Schools

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equally. For example, I went to Kelly High School, which is a public high school that was on probation and had a great deal of violence and gang problems. Everyday instead of worrying about homework and exams, I was worried about my safety. Mainly all the teachers in that high school made a hasty generalization regarding the students because they believed that all of them were immature and didn’t care about school; however, the few students that did care, like me, were deprived of having a decent quality of education. I wish I had gone to a high school that had exceptional facilities and outstanding teachers in order to focus more on my classes; however, high schools that had high standards were private, hence, they were luxurious and expensive. …show more content…
Standardized tests are just another technique the affluent population uses to keep their status. Students like, Jamie, who went to a private school were in a position to do better on the ACT whereas students, like me, who went to a public high school lack the knowledge in order to excel on the test. The ACT plays a vital role in deciding the faith of numerous college-bound students. Unfortunately, the majority of the working class students attend public high schools were the quality of education is subpar to that of private high schools were wealthy students attend. Therefore, a handful of the lower class students score below average on the standardized tests, on the other hand, upper class students excel on the exam and are admitted to the best colleges in the country. Sadly, this becomes a cycle for many working class students that they can never get out unless they get scholarships to help them out with the tuition and all the college …show more content…
A vast majority of my friends weren’t as lucky as me and a large number of them decided to join the workforce and drop out of school because college was too expensive for them. The few that decided to enroll in college went to community college and other substandard colleges just to collect debt. In contrast, nearly all of the peers of Jamie all went to highly selective colleges. This is not a coincidence but a cycle that continues to happen over and over again which leads to the poor to get poorer and the rich to get richer. One of the few ways to break out of this cycle is by getting scholarships like I did, however, these scholarships are not very preeminent in the working class. Honestly, if I never have been awarded the President Award’s scholarship I would probably be working a minimum wage job in order to support myself right now. However, I was provided with an opportunity of a lifetime to better myself as a person. Everyday I always remind myself of my roots and use everything I have experience as motivation to continue thriving for success. My life serves as an example of how the cycle of being poor can be broken, that’s why society needs to provide low income students with adequate amount of opportunities in order to allow them the option to strive for

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