Should Standardized Testing Be Abolished?
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1. Students know the tests will affect them in the future and it's is possible for children to cheat on the test, which defeats the purpose of measuring the ability of a student based on testing.
2. Typically, teachers and students don't receive the test scores until months later, so neither know what they need to work on with teaching/in class.
3. Standardized tests don't value creativity. The options on the test may not click for the student, so they may write in an answer not available. Instead of viewing this as a good attempt of thinking outside the box, the computer simply marks it as a wrong answer and discards it.
4. Similarly, on the writing tests, students usually are contained within 2-5 pages. What good does this do? What about the children who exceed the standards in writing? They're practically put in a small box and punished if they go outside of it. You get points taken off from going over a page or two!
5. With standardized tests, math and reading are the main focus. This puts less care into science, history, and arts. I don't even remember taking a standardized history or science test until middle school. Hell, I never even took any arts tests.
6. Huge tests like this give loads of stress to students. There are cases of children passing out in the middle of standardized tests from stress.
7. If a student scores well on a test, then it is assumed that they know the material. However, this may not be true at all. The student may have simply memorized the fact or formula or trick necessary to do well on the test (some students are naturally gifted in taking standardized tests, others are not).
Thank you for reading my side. I'm looking forward for the rest of the debate.
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