The United States Educational System Essay

888 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
The United States educational system revolves around formal assessments specifically standardized testing. In fact, today, teachers work under a lot of pressure; he or she is forced to teach towards the high-stakes assessments. According to Layton (2015), “The number of standardized tests U.S. public school students take has exploded in the past decade, with most schools requiring too many tests of dubious value, according to the first comprehensive survey of the nation’s largest districts (p. 1). High-stakes assessments are important, especially in terms of the Common Core State Standards. A high-stakes assessment is a performance-based assessment that assesses what a student has learned during a particular school. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is an example a performance-based assessment; its ultimate goal is to align with the Common Core State Standards—the common education that every American student should be receiving. In fact, in Mrs. Mariano’s classroom, at Carlstadt Public School, in Carlstadt, New Jersey, the students are being taught the content that he or she must know for the PARCC assessment. However, one can claim a high-stakes assessment removes a teacher’s creativity from the classroom, as well as forces students to face testing anxiety (“High Stakes Testing Pros and Cons”, 2015). This reflection will describe how elementary school students are tested too much, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of…

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