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Standardized testing is a big controversy that has been around for years now. A standardized test is any form of testing that requires students to answer the same questions, or a selection of questions from common bank of questions, to see where each students stands in different subjects in school. On average “a typical student takes 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kindergarten classes and 12th grade, a new Council of the Great City Schools study found” (Layton). Some believe that standardized testing is a good tool to measure students ability in the specific subject but then others believe that standardized testing is a waste of time and it is an inaccurate way to calculate students achievements. Generally speaking, standardized testing is more likely to become an object of debate and controversy when test scores are used to make consequential decisions about educational policies, schools, teachers, and students.
Standardized tests are beneficial to school districts, parents and students themselves by letting the individual know where they they stand in each topic that they are tested in. “While standardized tests are a major source of debate in the United States, many test experts and educators consider them to be a fair and objective method of assessing the academic achievement of students, mainly because the standardized format, coupled with computerized scoring, reduces the potential for favoritism, bias, or subjective evaluations” (Concepts, 1). Standardized testing is a practical and an accurate way of evaluating how well the student understands or doesn’t understand across subjects such as mathematics, reading, and writing. Along with helping student see where they stand in each subject it also helps the school districts. When the school districts get these test scores back they will analyze them and see what subject they as a school district need to do to help students improve in for the following year.  
Although there are advantages to standardized testing there are also disadvantages. Standardized testing has a huge disadvantage when it comes to non English speaking students and students with a disability. Eddy Ramírez is a writer from U.S. News, he went to Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences to ask the teachers, administrators and non English speaking students what they think about standardized testing. “Teachers and district administrators say that “one size fits all” tests are unfair to students who can barely speak English or who have serious learning disabilities” (Ramírez,1). Not only students who are non English speakers and students with disabilities think that standardized testing is unfair, teachers and administrators agree with them too. When Ramírez asked a teacher of a non English speaking student how she performed on the math section of the test, her teacher said, “she has figured out that 162 divided by 12 equals 13 with a remainder of 6, but she can’t come up with a story to write that shows she understands the problem. “No entiendo,” she whispers to her friends. I don’t understand” (Ramírez,1). Most non English speaking students don’t fully understand what the questions are asking or the what main concept of reading or writing prompts in those sections of the standardized test. Some students with disabilities aren’t able to process the information that is provided in class as fast as other students can. Standardized tests don’t allow personal factors to be taken into consideration.
Some students may excel in the classroom yet not perform well on a standardized test because they’re unfamiliar with the format or develop test anxiety. Kiana Hernandez is a student at Mather Jobes with a 2.99 GPA. Kiana is like many students, she does very well in regular classroom assignments and quizzes, but she struggles with any type of test. Kiana said that “once you throw out the word ‘test,’ I freeze, I get anxiety knowing that the tests count more than classwork or schoolwork. It’s a make or break kind of thing” (Rizga, 1). Many people that are the same way as Kiana; no matter how much they study and how confident that they know all of the material once that test is in-front of them, they panic and forget everything. Most students are more hands on when it comes to learning material. Whenever hands on students got their tests back and see their grade they feel disappointed in themselves for not doing well as other students around them. Standardized testing don’t accurately represent students knowledge for those who are more hands on rather than students who learn from lectures and reading out of a text book.
Standardized testing has its advantages and disadvantages. Standardized tests are beneficial to school districts, parents and students themselves by letting the individual know where they they stand in each topic that they are tested in. Standardized testing has a huge disadvantage when it comes to non English speaking students and students with a disability. Some students may excel in the classroom yet not perform well on a standardized test because they’re unfamiliar with the format or develop test anxiety. Overall, standardized testing is more likely to become an object of debate rather than an agreeable topic when and if when test scores are used to make consequential decisions about educational policies, and students ability to retain the specific subject.

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