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Government Issued Standardized School Testing Should Be Arrested

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Started: 2/6/2015 Category: Education
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StandardizedTestingSucks

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In our local school district, their students will be taking the Keystones and PSSAs this year, both of which are standardized tests, back to back. And why? Because some genius up in Harrisburg made a mistake and scheduled us to take the Keystones this year and at the same time, despite our request to migrate it. They aren't correcting this mistake, either. I think that standardized testing for schools should stop. These assessments are completely pointless.

1. These assessments stress out students. The Stanford-9 exam actually comes with instructions on how to deal with a test booklet if a student hurls on it. Students are distracted from their own lives, school, and more important matters.

2. These assessments disrupt teachers' schedules and plans. Instead of focusing on what actually matters, teachers are forced to teach what the assessments cover.

3. These tests push teachers to teach subjects at a quicker pace than normal. Our teachers are basically obligated to teach the subjects covered by the assessments in a short period of time, which is made even shorter by the time taken up for testing (at least a month) and test prep classes.

4. The assessments cover aren't fair or optimal. The same test is given to hundreds of schools. One school might have a better chance of passing the tests, and another won't. Some schools might have different game plans than what the assessments were designed for, and will totally bomb the test, although the plans themselves would've been adequate to educate their students.

5. The tests are POINTLESS. Most government issued tests are simply designed to allow them to assess the current curriculum levels. What is the use of that? These tests aren't even a reliable source of information. If these tests were distributed in the middle of the school year, for example, students might do better than if they were distributed at the end of it, when students are weary and ready for summer vacation.

6. The costs of these tests is substantial. According to the PEW Center on the States, annual state spending on these tests increased from 423 million to almost $1.1 billion in 2008. (and that was 7 years ago) This in turn inflates the taxes that we have to pay.

7. These tests are REALLY big factor in students' resumes. Even if a student excels in their normal studies at school, a bad grade on one of these is a major blow to their reputation. Plus, if the students taking the test weren't introduced to some of the subjects covered by it yet prior to testing and answered them wrong as a result, they wouldn't be given any mercy. Those "mistakes" will travel straight into their record.

8. These tests aren't fair to students with special needs. There usually aren't iterations of the tests designed specifically for these students, which means that their grades will end up substantially lower than others'.

9. Standardized assessments don't teach anything useful to the students that they are given to. Chances are that half of the subjects covered in the test haven't even been introduced to them yet or aren't significant to them at their level of curriculum.

I can name a million other issues with government issued standardized testing. These tests are wrong. What's your opinion?
3DaysGrace

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Standardized testing is the only way to be able to accurately compare kids across the country.
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Posted by Ragnar 2 years ago
Ragnar
Please re-read your resolution, and correct it to something sensible.
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