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On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.

Asked by: purpleshawol
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  • Standardized testing in of itself is an objective measurement, nothing more or less.

    Standardized testing is created to be objective. The same questions are asked, and they are graded by a machine to ensure objective grading as well. A big misconception regarding standardized testing is that it is supposed to fix the inherent issues in the education system. This is not the purpose of a standardized test, rather, the purpose of a standardized test is to simply diagnose the problem. It measures the results, and everything else (the action that is taken, etc.) is up to the government. Thus, the racism point actually flows to pro- as standardized testing is highlighting the fact that minorities need more assistance. In addition, it also highlights the socioeconomic divides with scores that would otherwise not be brought to attention. In addition, 'teaching to the test' can be a good thing- it ensures that students focus on and learn the most important skills, the ones they will need later in life. What's the point of appreciating art if you can't do basic math? Standardized tests no longer determine your future- many colleges are moving away from looking at them at all, and many tests such as PARCC don't impact students in any way. In short, standardized tests are not meant to fix the education system, merely diagnose the issues in it, and they do that quite well. As they serve their intended purpose, they are indeed beneficial and the only reasonable side is Pro.

  • Objective-- every one takes the same test

    It makes sense that standardized testing is beneficial because it gives a direct answer to colleges and other places what a student's score was. Because everyone takes the same test, there is no question of different scenarios for different people because the test is objective. The answers are either yes or no, there is no grey area. A score was either passing or failing, there is no grey area.

  • Allows teachers and students to realize their problems, and helps student study

    It helps students to know their advantage, what they're good at and what needs to be improved. It also allows teachers to know what they can help the students on. Before a standardized testing, students study, which hammers in what they've learned and helps them remember what they learned. Yes, students are tired and has to complete hours of work, and sanity matter, but eventually if one wants to go to a good college, SAT scores matter. Students will eventually take standardized testing anyway, adding standardized testing now can get them used to it. More work would have to be done as a person ages and matures, it is good to have some pressure, so the student will be ready as he goes to the next stage of learning.

  • Stress isn't beneficial!

    Students are not machines. They're expected to rise at 7 AM every morning, work hard for 8 hours, participate in extracurricular activities, complete hours worth of homework, and go to bed early. There is no room for stressing over a standardized test that'd potentially impact their entire lives. These days, a piece of paper is more important than a person's sanity.

  • This type of testing is bad

    First teachers teach for the test not for bettering the student or preparing him/her for the real world. These types of test are superficial thinking or memorize and repeat, they do not encourage critical thinking skills. Third your whole future is determined by one test. The SAT can determine what collage (if any) you apply for and get into. Lastly the time money and resources that goes into preparing for "The test" takes away from programs such as arts, electives, and recess

  • This type of testing is bad

    First teachers teach for the test not for bettering the student or preparing him/her for the real world. These types of test are superficial thinking or memorize and repeat, they do not encourage critical thinking skills. Third your whole future is determined by one test. The SAT can determine what collage (if any) you apply for and get into. Lastly the time money and resources that goes into preparing for "The test" takes away from programs such as arts, electives, and recess

  • This type of testing is bad

    First teachers teach for the test not for bettering the student or preparing him/her for the real world. These types of test are superficial thinking or memorize and repeat, they do not encourage critical thinking skills. Third your whole future is determined by one test. The SAT can determine what collage (if any) you apply for and get into. Lastly the time money and resources that goes into preparing for "The test" takes away from programs such as arts, electives, and recess

  • Testing is racist

    For 23 years, Roy Freedle, a psychologist and professional who works with ETS (the nonprofit “Educational Testing Service” that develops, administers, and scores standardized tests), has been working to prove that standardized tests give whites an unfair advantage. His studies suggest that scores of minority students significantly lag behind white students of equal economic status. On average, colored students score an average of one hundred points lower than white students.

  • Stress isn't beneficial, nor is a feeling of worthlessness.

    Even though the teachers say that scores aren't to be shared, students still compare their scores between friends. Although some say that this allows students to know their strengths and weaknesses - and it does, make no mistake - other tests can do that too. There's no need for hour long tests that tell students what they are and are not good at if they can get the same results from normal, twenty minute tests in class. There's no reason to make children as young as five sit through hours of testing just so parents, teachers, and adults can know what "they're good at and bad at" because first off, they're still practically babies and haven't learned anything and two, children are meant to be learning about the world and standardized testing does nothing to aid that. But I digress. Going back to the sharing of test scores, when someone scores higher than a student in a subject, it tells the student that they are not as good as the others. That creates a feeling of worthlessness that is not beneficial to the student in any way, shape, or form. And although some pressure is good, there have been students who have had panic attacks at the thought of standardized testing - how much pressure is too much?


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