The Possibility Of Standardized Testing In The School System

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Standardized testing has been a method that has been implemented into the school systems in order of them to be able to measure a student 's achievement. While in some cases the students come out on top, but more often than not a lot of students are left behind due to their inability of the attaining their school systems standards. The school system 's ability to measure students achievements needs to change in order for the school systems to be more successful. For a long time the upper/middle-classes have generated the highest test score on standardized testing, while leaving lower income classes falling short. Most standardized tests are created to cater to the middle/upper-classes. Majority of the situations that they reference …show more content…
Giving the school systems a goal to reach, helps get both the teachers and administrators get involved with the learning process. Richard Elmore asserts that, “new accountability systems help channel teachers’ work to the most important goals”(Elmore). These systems give teachers a motive to get really involved in teaching the curriculum. Although the teachers and administrators are being held accountable, the students themselves should also know what is expected of them and strive to meet those higher standards. Students also need to understand what could be at stake for them, whether those stakes include failing a class or not being able to graduate on time. Although some people believe in not putting students through standardized testing, eventually later on, as their education progresses they are going to have to take standardized test in order to get a higher education. Standardized testing is a tool used to told people accountable, for example you 're going to want your doctor to have their doctorate degree. Standardized testing is crucial when it comes to higher education, you would not want someone who is not capable or qualified to do a certain job. Fruehling claims “that there are certain types of skills that society has the right to expect from holders of college degrees”, it is safe to say that standardized testing …show more content…
Most of the methods that are being implemented are open-ended questions, authentic performances, and portfolio collections (Harris). Although they are considering these alternatives it would be extremely challenge to get this methods implemented into the school systems. As asserted by Karen Harris, “each profile would have to be reviewed by at least one evaluator, and evaluators nationwide would need to apply the same standards to all work if the assessment is to be at all meaningful (Harris). Profile collections could only be effective if all the evaluators grade the same type of way, and it is unlikely that they are evaluate the profiles identical to the other evaluator. Which would be hard to accomplish on a nationwide basis. The article also discusses how this new way of testing would take into account the ethnic diversity as well as socioeconomic conditions of each individual student, which is something that is highly looked over in traditional standardized

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