The Revolution Against Standardization
To a student, the end of the school year can be one of the most stressful parts of the school year. When they hear this, a lot of confused parents like to ask “why?” The answer is pretty simple. At the end of the school year, students have to take giant exams called standardized tests. These tests are hyped up for the duration of the school year which makes some students nervous on test day. This will affect the student’s performance, therefore decreasing the accuracy of the test by it’s own hand. This is just one of many reasons why students should not have to take standardized tests. To name a few, standardized tests are inaccurate, very stressful to the student, and overall are not worth the money it takes to produce them.
To start off with, standardized tests are inaccurate. As previously stated in the paragraph above, standardized tests are hyped throughout the school year, leaving students to worry about them all year. This will eventually cause the students to feel extremely stressed out on the day of the test. The stress will get to some students and affect their testing ability. This can be prevented in a variety of ways, but removing the test entirely would be the best and the most cost efficient way to fix this.
Now cost comes into play. Standardized tests cost the government,...
Time. Studies show that students use between 20 to 25 hours each year taking standardized tests. Students at Riverside Middle School in Pendleton, South Carolina, were tested for four weeks straight during the 2014-2015 school year. Even when students finish testing at least a month before the end of the school year, it can still take two to four months before results arrive. This means that students will have to sometimes wait until the next school year starts to receive their results. Some say that all that needs to be done is to shorten testing to two percent of class time, but many think that’s not...
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