Standardized Tests

Posted: November 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

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Without a doubt, standardized tests are part of the 21st Century’s educational landscape. I’m sure that today's youth cannot remember a time when their school day was not filled with a surplus of test taking or test preparation.

Standardized testing has actually had a long history in education; starting in the 1800s! However, it wasn’t until the 2002 mandate of No Child Left Behind that they became a powerful force. The debate on the value of standardized testing is beginning to reach a fever pitch. So, what are the pros and the cons? Here’s a slice of the pie from both camps:

Pro: Testing makes a positive academic difference, 93% of studies on student testing, which included standardized testing and high-stakes testing found student achievement improved with testing (Richard P. Phelps., 2011).

Con: Since 2002, when Standardized testing increased throughout the country, America’s International Assessment scores dramatically decreased. According to PISA our scores fell in math and science and in the area of reading there was no change.

Pro: Standardized tests are fair and non-discriminatory because everyone takes the same test regardless of being non-English speakers or students with special needs.

Con: The same or equal, is not synonymous with equality. Standardized tests are unfair and discriminatory against non-English speakers and students with special needs, as both of these groups are required to take the test even though they are not proficient in the language the test is given or in the case of children with special needs no accommodations are provided.

Pro: Internationally, China constantly uses standardized testing and they now rank #1 in the world in reading, math and science (PISA, 2009).

Con: Students are spending more time testing than learning. Students may spend 20 -50 hours testing in the grades that are heavily tested and this number does not include the hours spent in test-preparation.

Now that you’ve read some of the facts, share your thoughts!

By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

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