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    Standardized tests in relation to teachers is being taken too far; the extent some teachers are taking go as far as quitting jobs they love because they don’t get to teach what they want, or feel the need, to teach because of extreme amounts of standardized test studying. Stacie Starr was a teacher, who had been selected in 2014 as the “Top Teacher”. Shortly after this award was presented, she announced on a television show she was to quit as a teacher because her job entitled spending too much time teaching children methods for taking and passing standardized tests. Another teacher, Neely-Randall, taught a fifth grade class who was taking a test for the standard Ohio Achievement Test. This specific test amounted to nearly 8 hours of testing in one school week and she could see one of her students almost having a panic attack stressing about the test and Neely-Randall couldn 't do anything about it. Neely-Randall wrote two essays to The Washington Post regarding the number of tests her students were participating in, it went to the state and local officials upon the issue. Despite this protest, the state of Ohio still administered the assessments stressing Neely-Randall’s, and other teachers many teachers students (Mulholland 1). In a parental perspective, there is simply too much testing. There are parents all over the country opting their children out of standardized tests because they think there is too much standardized testing; along with too much stress being put on…

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    Standardized Testing A standardized test is any test that is administered and scored following a predetermined standard procedure. There are two main types of standardized tests: proficiency tests and achievement tests. Standardized tests predict how well students perform at any subsequent educational level or space. The most common examples are the SAT and the ACT, which attempt to predict how well secondary students will perform in college. However, when assessing the effectiveness of a…

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    Proponents argue that standardized tests have been deteriorating education in America, but extensive longitudinal studies and national surveys over the past year says otherwise. Standardized testing has been around since 1905 starting with the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test. Fast forward fifteen years, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) was created. In the 1960s, the federal government started pushing new achievement tests designed to evaluate instructional methods and schools. Standardized…

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    without flaws. These flaws include: not showing student's knowledge, failing to help evaluate thought processes to answer hard and complex questions, they don't help teachers, and much more. Many of these points and more are stated in a Q and A by "FairTest". They answer many questions that students and parents could use to learn the truth about standardized testing. FairTest states many questions and answers such as, "Are standardized tests fair and helpful evaluation tools? Not really. On…

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    This argument has recently come up from the organization FairTest saying colleges are using these scores as an unfair cut off. Despite this, many forget to that the ACT is used as way to predict as students readiness for college; and seeing that this is a standardized test it also allows colleges to judge each student on the same way. While the FairTest organization claims that it is unfair, it makes perfect sense. Since colleges have to sort through hundreds of applications this process makes…

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    It has been said that students within the United States are “the most tested” on the entire planet (FairTest, 2012), which should then make a person wonder why we are subjected to taking them. Made to measure the student’s academic stratum, gauge his or her cognitive or IQ level and identify his or her comprehension ranking, standardized testing often interpret results that tends to cast both a negative and a positive shadow over educational systems (FairTest, 2012). Records of test results are…

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    Basic Skills Test Essay

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    According to (fairtest) “Graduation tests do not make high school diplomas more valuable to employers. There is no evidence that exit exams make diplomas more meaningful in the labor market”. Most of these tests do not replicate what it will be like in college or the work force, depending on what job you want to go into, and are said to be generally easy. Fairtest also states that “They rely primarily on multiple-choice questions, some adding a few short written pieces. They rarely require…

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    students perspectives on whether standardized tests are beneficial for use of evaluating students’ academic standing. Standardized tests were first used to gather national data of students’ standing but has recently been geared to evaluate the quality of education a student receives. The United States adopted this method after the No Child Left Behind Act that The Bush Administration put in place; it increased the use of testing to collect data of overall student academic levels. Standardized…

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    they’re teaching and begin teaching solely to the test itself. Students are then no longer learning but simply memorizing what is needed for the test. This induces stress on teachers and students by creating a “need” to do well. When it comes time for the tests students can be tired, stressed, or upset. All of these things can influence how that student does on the test. If a student does poorly on the tests he/she is not judged on the growth of an overall time period but rather his/her…

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    Student Exit Exams

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    Students should not have to pass a basic skills test because it doesn’t prepare them for college, rather it puts stress on students, it doesn’t show how smart the student is and disrupts academic learning. Adrian Johnson and Kalamazoo Gazette (2009) states that “At the end of their senior year, students take a test written by the state. It includes everything the state “expects” the public schools to have taught these students including writing, reading, math and other subjects.” The problem…

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