Research Paper over Standardized Testing

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Catherine Burgess 1 Burgess 1
Mrs. Edmonds
English 3 AP
2/20/2013
Standardized Testing

The current period of learning is being determined by standardized testing, and has become the main focus of many arguments within the education system. Students all over the United States are being subjected to standardized tests often throughout their years in school due to legislation that has been set by Government over the past several years. While there are many upsides to the reasons for these assessments, there are also negative effects of this. Students are expected to make a certain score on tests to get to where they want to go. It is an unfair advantage for people who can pay their way through their education. From Star testing in grade school to the ACT and SAT in high school, students are “taught to the test” (Meador 1). Although it does give students and teachers initiative to work for something, Standardized tests are an unfair measure of students’ thinking level and academic performance; therefore, this must be changed. Standardized Testing must be changed because they are unreasonable, inefficient, and it puts a lot of extreme pressure on both the students and the teachers. There are many different reasons that standardized testing is such a controversial issue. Standardized Testing may have a bad reputation for being bad for America, but there are still people who are convinced that it is a good idea for students and their education. For

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a while now, leaders have stood up to children from being turned away from education. “No Child Left Behind” has been praised for forcing schools to become more accountable for the education of poor and minority children (Fisanick 12). One extreme upside is that this program makes sure that every child has a fair chance at the college of their choice (20). Standardized Testing has become a popular topic in discussion; because it poses a point in the fact that many people think it is an...
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