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President Bush is promoting annual standardized testing for all students in grades three through eight. This bill is currently being considered in Congress, and has garnered much support. As of right now, 15 states test students in those grades, and more than 20 have high school exit exams, which look only at the test score of a student, not at his or her academic achievements.
Standardized testing is an unfair and inaccurate form of judging a person’s intellect. In many cases, people are either over- or underrepresented by their test scores, partly because America does not currently have the capabilities of fairly scoring the increasing number of tests. Additionally, many students…show more content…
In Minnesota, one error resulted in 8,000 students failing a basic math test that, in reality, they all passed. 48 students were denied diplomas because of this. In some cases, essay questions are scored by a person looking over the essay for only a few minutes. That is not enough time in which to fairly judge an essay. Some teachers will read essays for up to thirty minutes before grading it. Until the companies are fully staffed, they should not be responsible for the future of this country’s youth. These companies are already having problems, and if every school requires annual tests, they could very easily be overwhelmed, thus decreasing the quality and reliability of the tests even more.
President Bush would like to require all third through eighth grade students to take annual standardized tests which will represent not only the students, but also the teachers and the schools. If a teacher does not wish to be reprimanded, his or her students will all have to do well on the tests. In order to be sure that this happens, teachers will teach to the tests. They will focus not on creative writing, but rather on the type of writing that the test scorers will want to see. Instead of taking field trips, students will be practicing analogies and test taking skills. Literature will not be read intensively, but will instead be skimmed for the main
Argument Essay: Standardized Testing
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Standardized Testing: Good or Bad?
If someone was to ask you “how do you define student achievement?” what would your answer be? Would you say student achievement is measured by state achievement tests? Or would you say that student achievement is too complex a subject to be objectively measured? There are many important skills students must be taught, and we need a way to effectively measure if they are in fact learning those skills. However, standardized tests cannot effectively show the learning of all students, especially those that are not good test takers. And of those skills that are tested, there are an endless number of arguably more important skills that aren’t being valued because they cannot be calculated. Furthermore,…show more content…
Standardized tests do not give us a complete and direct measure of student achievement because they often only measure the goals of education(Harris). And while teachers and administration are forced to increase preparation for these tests, important -arguably more important - skills are being overlooked. Here are some attributes that standardized tests do not even try to cover: creativity, motivation, persistence, curiosity, reliability, critical thinking, self-awareness, leadership, civic-mindedness, empathy, courage, compassion, sense of beauty and wonder, honesty and integrity. Surely these are all “achievements” that students should be experiencing, so why don’t schools these as well as academic goals? Rochelle Gutiérrez, a member of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics says "Achievement—all the outcomes that students and teachers attain. Achievement is more than test scores but also includes class participation, students' course-taking patterns, and teachers' professional development patterns"(Harris). These are all qualities that standardized tests cannot measure.
Those that support standardized testing in schools site the fact that high school students who were required to pass a standardized test for a school program were more likely to talk to their parents and peers about schoolwork (Walberg). They also found that