How has frequency and quantity of testing increased? There has been an argument to whether Standardized Testing is the best way to measure how well a school is performing.
There are two viewpoints to this issue: one is, “Are standardized testing the best way to evaluate how much a student had learned, and the other is, “Too much emphasis is put on the tests, which are often unfair to disadvantaged and minority students” (Dangerous). The viewpoint I am going with is the one that is going against standardized testing. The tests must be changed drastically or abandoned, due to standardized tests being an unfair measure of students intelligence and academic performance.
Unfair because some people who do bad or good get labeled. And some people learn differently, “Many students are affected by test anxiety, or do not show their learning well on a standardized test” (Morgan pg.3).
Some people get too nervous. “Students with learning disabilities whose first language is not english or who attend vacation schools fail high stakes tests for more frequently than mainstream students” (Burns). Lastly, “Some people say that it is unfair to students to graduate them, if they have not been adequately educated”.(Burns). I feel as though this is unfair because a test shouldn’t be able to hold a person back from graduating. “Increased grade retention and dropping out is another problem. Increased dropping out and grade retention because people drop out because of the work and tests being so hard.
“Students who are retained do not improve academically, are emotionally damaged by retention, suffer a loss or interest in school/self esteem and end up dropping out.” (Dangerous) The test are so hard that it makes some people want to dropout of school so that they do not have to do the test anymore. Also, “Study finds out that graduation tests lead to higher dropout for students who are relatively low achievers in school.” (Morgan 3) . Test is very stressful for students. Another claim is, “low achievers in school do not produce improved learning for those who stay in school”(Morgan 3). Standardized testing Does not improve education. Another thing that gets pointed out is that, “While taking the test, students could be learning something else” (Morgan 1).
The test disrupts from students learning more things that they could be learning instead of the test. The test takes time away from students being able to learn something else. “High stake testing punishes students and often teachers for things they can’t control.
” (Morgan) It drives students away from learning, and at times school. “It narrows, distorts, weakens and impoverishes the curriculum while fostering forms of instruction that fail to engage students or support high quality learning” (Burns). ” In high stakes testing environment, the limit to educational improvement is largely dictated by the tests, but the tests are a poor measure of high quality learning/ curriculum” (Burns). However, some people agree with the other side of the argument. People say that “Standardized testing is the best way to evaluate how much a student has learned.
” The article states, ” We replaced the state’s previous end of the year exam, because we believed that the ACT Aspire would more accurately tell us how our children are learning in school” (Hunter) . This is saying that they made a test to see if the school is good or bad at their leaning. It also states, “We wanted an assessment that would help teachers identify students who need additional help to get on the right track toward college and career readiness before it becomes too late.
” (Hunter). The statement is explaining that the test is putting a mark on how good a school is doing as in learning. Whether they are advancing in learning or need help. Another claim is, “The goal of every school is to prepare children for success after they graduate from high school.
” (Hunter). To graduate you will have to learn more and more, and get ready to go out into the real world. In another article “If Parents Push For IT, Accountability Can Work”, it says that, “Shockingly few public school educators have lost salary or received a raise or a promotion because of their students test results.
” (Hunter). States that, when students do bad on the test the whole school including teachers lose a large amount of money, due to the poor testing. These are reasons to my counterclaim being that standardized tests are beneficial. The tests must be changed drastically or abandoned, due to standardized tests being an unfair measure of students intelligence and academic performance. Too much emphasis is put on the tests, which are often unfair to disadvantaged and minority students. I agreed with going against standardized testing due to many reasons.
One reason is an unfair measure of students intelligence and academic performance. Also, increased grade retention, and dropping out, and not improving education. Those are my supporting examples to why standardized testing is no good. However, some people go against my claim and say that standardized testing are the best way to measure how well a school is doing.