Standardized exams, just like the SAT or theACT or other national, international or country assessments that mark allstudents at a sure educational stage, are increasingly more getting used todecide how international locations, states, colleges and even college studentsare doing. While some people believe that if you have high test scores, thenyou are essentially smart while others who do not do as well on the tests areconsidered less than smart. My question is that shouldtest scores be the most valid way to view an individual’s competency to beaccepted into college, I genuinely believe that test scores should not be themost valued however, others might believe differently.While, looking at test scores might seemlike an easy way to determine a person’s competency. Many people believe that schoolsare putting too much importance into test scores which pressurize the studentcausing them to stress out and have the feeling of becoming overloaded. Theuse of test scores for the determination of a student’s competency does moreharm to the students’ learning than good because it prevents effective learningto some.
Test scores only encourage students to memorize even the basic factsand skills. According to Debate.org 69%of people believe that test scores should not be the most valued way to measuresome one’s competency. One of the usher stated that,” While there is nospecifically easy way to measure a student competency, standardized testing inits current format does not adequately evaluate all the circumstances involvedin a student’s education. It is biased towards those with a specific skill-test taking. Many students are highly talented in work, but can’t take tests.Others have major anxiety issues, or based on other situations cannot performwell in tests.
An entire school career should not be based on the results of afew concentrated hours of testing.” Tests do not have much value other than tostress out a well-rounded student for days in advance and to create earlyinsomnia due to anxiety. With the amount of pressure that teachers put on ayoung adult is scary because we are completely afraid of failing throughoutlife, simply because we could not find x. Diane Ravitch, PhD, ResearchProfessor of Education at New York University and US Assistant Secretary ofEducation from 1991-1993, stated in her Apr.
11, 2016 article titled “WhyEvery Child Should opt out of the Standardized Tests,” said that “Thetests are meaningless because the results are returned months after the test,when the student has a different teacher. The tests are meaningless because thescores provide no information about what the students learned and didn’t learn.The teacher is not allowed to find out what students got wrong … the testingregime is destroying education. It is driven by politicians who think thattests make students smarter and by educating those who fear to think anindependent thought (Huffington).” Schools spends a lot of time preparing studentsfor these tests. I feel that these kinds of test do not really asses everyone’strue potential because you can excel at the understanding of the concepts ofwhat I am being taught but when it comes time to take the test you bomb it. Weshould not put all our value into just test scores because it cannot accuratelygauge a person’s intelligence.
There are many people who believe that studentstest scores are a reflection on how well the student performs on a standardizedtest. People like Latasha Gandy, Executive Director of Students for EducationReform believe that people should value standardized more than anything, in herJan. 11, 2016 article titled “Don’t Believe the Hype: Standardized TestsAre Good for Children, Families and Schools,” she said that “Yearafter year, standardized test results have exposed glaring racial biases in oureducation system. Teachers and schools are no longer able to hide behind schoolaverages in performance, and are now having to answer for the low academicperformance of students of color and low-income students…(Huffington)”Manyteachers embrace standardized test data. They use it to celebrate success andpinpoint areas for improvement.
My own children attend schools that use testingto set goals and measure progress rather than consider it a punishment. Theschool regularly shares test data with me, has a clear plan for helping mydaughters in areas they’re struggling in, and gives me tips I can use athome.” Even if the child had a learning disability, it is the school’sresponsibility to cater to that student’s needs. The tests show not only howwell the student is doing but also how well that schools cater to the needs ofthe student. If a high school student was looking for a college to go to then testscores are a part of how they assess the school.
If the test score requirementis too high or if the requirement is below the student’s standards, then theyare most likely going to go to the school that best fits their score. Testscores are also a good way to evaluate a student’s competency and a goodindication of a school’s competency because it evaluates how good a school doescompare to other schools. Although by no means do they test everything but, itgives people a basic idea of how the students are doing. Otherwise, it would bevery difficult to assess the student without these test scores. Aaron Churchill, MA, MSPPM, Ohio ResearchDirector for the Thomas B.
Fordham Institute, stated the following in his Mar.18, 2015 article titled “Bless the Tests: Three Reasons for StandardizedTesting, “We should remember why standardized tests are essential. The keyreasons, as I see them, are objectivity, comparability, and accountability. Attheir core, standardized exams are designed to be objective measures. Theyassess students based on a similar set of questions, are given under nearlyidentical testing conditions, and are graded by a machine or blind reviewer.They are intended to provide an accurate, unfiltered measure of what a studentknows..
.Outside of standardized test results, no objective method exists forpolicymakers to identify either poor-performing schools needing intervention orhigh-performing schools deserving rewards….” Academic competence andintelligence are not upfront to measure, and no method will fully capture thescope of a student’s ability, but the fact remains that we need at least someformal system, otherwise the academic system will not work. We need divisionsbetween the ability levels and the amount of experience and knowledge students possess,otherwise students will be in environments unsuited to them and won’t be ableto learn properly. There is no other way to divide them than by testing them ina fair and impartial manner.
Exams are good at this because they are not vague theyhave clear and measurable guidelines. My friend experiences with standardizedtest in her opinion are very helpful. They help her because they show what Sheneed help on and what she needed to learn for the next year of school.Standardized test does assess skills and knowledge because then can really helpstudents for the next year. In general, the role of these test is to show whatstudents need help to accomplish the skills they need for next year.Instead of worrying about how students canget higher scores on the test we need to take a step back and ask ourselves thequestion. Should we be wasting so much time worrying about what score Sashamade on her ACT or SAT? Instead of worrying about the score we should worryabout what we can do to make sure intelligence match her score.
Who are we tojudge someone’s intelligence based off a score. What we should be doing is making sure a school is capable of nurturingstudents into fine human beings that will contribute to the development of thenation. If a school is capable of encouraging students to pursue their passionin the best possible way. If a school can teach the students, the ethical rightand wrong paths of the life. If a school is competent or if there is a betterteacher-learner efficiency and where tests are not the end of the world. Whenspeaking about having test scores as an indication of a school’s competency,everything will be based on the school. The school will have to have somethingto base it on themselves in order to have the results. This is where it becomesunacceptable.
The fact that the whole process puts the school in a jam willmake the school fall to the employees for the work. This process leads toteacher evaluations. No one likes to be put under pressure in the classroom. Tobe put under pressure causes more stress than needed on the teacher’s behalf.How is a teacher supposed to make students perform proficiently on tests? Thereare many different cases that can cause a good student to have bad testresults. Students may have a lack of determination.
Determination is a bigfactor in attaining success and lack of determination can cause one to fail.Determination is something that cannot be taught nor forced on a student bytheir teacher. It is something they want to have to do good in schools. Schoolsgiving too much importance to scores pressurize the student causing stress andoverload. Few students flourish in non-academic area as well.
Merelybeing excellent in academics does not mean that it is a competent school. Itmatters that the school is a safe place for the students to spend a major partof the day in a happy, productive environment which nurtures various skillssuch as leadership, motivation, determination, patience that come from realmsoutside academics.I myself have taken a variety ofstandardized test in middle school and in high school.
We usually just have oneor two exams about halfway through the school year to test our knowledge ofreading and math skills. The tests were always multiple choice with four answerchoices. As a student, I always seem to have a difficult time with multiplechoice tests. I weigh my answers too much, second-guess myself, and sometimesdo not go with my instinct. Because of the pressure I feel in completingstandardized tests, I feel that my test scores do not reflect my knowledge ofspecific skills. In such a high-pressure situation, students can crack and dopoorly. Therefore, some test scores are not an acceptable reflection of what studentshave learned. Students who are held back a grade level because of onelow-scoring test receive unfair treatment.
Advancement to the next grade levelshould not be based solely on a student’s ability to do well on a test. Standardizedtests do not do a quality job of measuring student abilities and thereforeshould not be deemed as the end all, be all. While standardized tests can be aproductive means to track student progress, they should never be used todetermine a student’s intelligence. A test cannot measure the virtues ofimagination, ingenuity or work ethic. It is imperative that we keep theseassessments in perspective, in case we somehow overlook the next great ThomasEdison.In conclusion, I believe that standardizedtests don’t measure our abilities correctly I may use the information later inlife, but some questions are random and of no use to me. I think that every daysince kindergarten is preparing students for standardized tests, because youmust know the basics to be able to advance in any area. This also shows thatyou can’t put a student’s failure of success in a test I say no because itdepends on the student and how well they comprehend things and whether they askfor help.
So, no test scores should not be an indication to a school’scompetency or how well it looks it all about the students’ mind process andcomprehending. My question is that should test scores be the most valid way toview an individual’s competency to be accepted into college, I genuinelybelieve that test scores should not be the most valued however, others mightbelieve differently.