15 January 2013
Standardized testing should not be required to graduate high school
Sitting in a classroom for forty-five minutes feels long and stressful. During the standardized tests students have to sit in a classroom for hours at a time, knowing that their future dreams of being a doctor, teacher, or lawyer could come to an end if they mess up one exam. Standardized tests should not be required for students to graduate high school. They cause students a lot of stress, they are limiting the curriculum for a school to teach more valuable subjects, and they are judging students intelligence by one test, which is not enough to know if a student would be able to graduate. Standardized testing should not be required to graduate high school because they are costly, stressful, and are setting students up to fail. Statistics show that students perform worse off on standardized tests, than they perform in the classroom.
Many people struggle on standardized tests because they are long, and stressful. There is a lot of pressure on the students to do well. The scores that a student will get on this test could affect where they go to college, or what job they
will get in the near future. When you enter high school, you have the option of doing anything in life. If a student were to get all A’s and B’s throughout their high school career, they should not have to take a required test to graduate. The students have the opportunity to graduate and pass classes with normal grades, the standardized tests are just causing the students stress. These tests are judging the students intelligence by one essay and a couple of math problems. They do not have enough information to judge the student. Michele Forman says, “I don't think a simple pencil-and-paper test is going to capture what students know and can do”(Demause). Students who have worked hard their whole life, with passing grades,...