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How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?

How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities? | Standardized testing | Scoop.it
Student Opinion | Tell us about your experiences with standardized tests.
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Who better to give feedback on standardized testing than the ones who take them? I think this is extremely valuable. As a student myself I have had complaints about tests but also learned the importance and values of them. I think after reading through the comments of all the students that the majority of us see the positives and the negatives of standardized testing. We see that they evaluate our knowledge, but we also see that sometimes they are not good evaluators of what we have been taught or what we find important. I think students should have a say in how they are evaluated. They know what they learn and they should be able to show that without fear or anxiety about a test, but they should also be assessed from a different perspective then their own. Overall I think that standardized tests when used properly can be beneficial to our school systems, students and educators.

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test.gif (384x288 pixels) | Standardized testing | Scoop.it
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I love this image. It not only highlights the diversity within our society, within our school system, but it also shows what standardized testing can do. We may be trying to make education fair, but each student is their own unique learner. I am not discussing race, religion or gender here. I am saying that we all learn differently. A visual test for some might be better suited for them to express their knowledge, a written for others, a verbal for that one kid in the back of the classroom, and perhaps a combination for those three sitting next to the chalkboard. We all learn differently and even though we try to equalize the playing field, standardized testing is always going to cater to certain individuals.

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Are standardized tests good for students? Parents think so - Times Leader

Are standardized tests good for students? Parents think so - Times Leader | Standardized testing | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a use...
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An article with survey results on whether or not parents approve of standardized testing. Many parents like standardized testing because it can allow them to see how their children are doing, how well they are retaining information that the entire country is learning. Parents also see this as a way to assess teachers. I have to say that standardized testing, while not my favorite can help accomplish these two goals. I think parents seeing where there child is compared to everyone else gives relief and attention to successes and problems students are having. Sometimes standardized tests are the only grades that parents have access to, or understand. However, I do not think that everything should be focused on these exams, there needs to be a balance. With the evaluation of teachers, I think standardized tests can help. If one class is drastically below another that teacher can be assessed with the exam and given assistance. However, these tests should not be the only factor in deciding a teachers fate. There are other factors that play into these tests and how students perform and teachers should not necessarily be blamed for poor performance without further investigation.

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Humorous cartoon. A man in an interview is stumped by a question because he doesn't know what format it is in. But is this true? Do standarized test create an environment were students can only answer certain questions? We standardize testing, but jobs and other life activities aren't standardized. How can we start testing students to prepare them for the  "adult world" while also teaching them material? These are all important questions that ask whether or not standardized testing is helping or hindering future generations.

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Panicked Newborn Didn’t Realize Breathing Would Be On Apgar Test

Panicked Newborn Didn’t Realize Breathing Would Be On Apgar Test | Standardized testing | Scoop.it
GORHAM, ME—Shortly after his delivery Thursday at Mercy Gorham Crossing Primary Hospital, a local newborn reportedly panicked upon realizing that his respiratory aptitude would be scored as part of the upcoming Apgar test.
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This is a very satirical piece from The Onion. I went there to see what exaggerations would be made about standardized testing. I find it interesting that the first thing I saw was a baby. I never thought about it but we give tests starting from birth. While this is a very humorous piece it made me start thinking about what it means to be a society of test taking. Tests are extremely important in helping to decide things, to measure things, but does everything have to be measured and tested? I also noticed that this talked about test anxiety. This is a very prominent thing in our society. I wonder if there were less standardized testing if this anxiety would decrease. Or if there was less emphasis on the standardized tests we do take, would anxiety decrease?

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Types of Standardized Tests | Education.com

Types of Standardized Tests | Education.com | Standardized testing | Scoop.it
Summarizes various ways to classify tests: by the construct the test purports to measure or by the measurement theory that underlies a test.
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I found this breakdown of standardized tests very intriguing. I normally just assumed there was one type. The SAT, the ACT any of the ones we had in middle and high school they all had the same structure and they all assessed our knowledge. But I didn't realize the benefits of standardized testing until I saw this breakdown. By having tests that can assess so many different aspects, I trust them more. They have more validity now that I see what their purpose is. I think its important to let people know that each test does something different, measures a different part of your knowledge. They seem less standardized when you break them down like this.

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None of the Above - Why Standardized Testing Fails: Bob Sternberg at TEDxOStateU - YouTube

 

Oklahoma State University Provost Bob Sternberg developed his first intelligence test in seventh grade and since then has become one of the top 100 psycholog...

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Discussion of why standardized testing fails. There is always self-fufilling prophecies and if you do poorly on a test that everyone takes you are going to think they are smarter, kids compare grades, its going to happen. This self-fufilling prophecy can create anxiety over tests which in turn increases your chance of doing poorly. Standardized tests were developed when white males were the only ones attending schools. The SAT has not change very much since the first one, yet the demographics of who takes it has. Whethere or not we know it or realize it if a question caters to a certain individual they will probably get it right. I'm not saying that as an excuse for why there is a difference and why men do better on the test, but I am acknowledging that it could be a factor.  This becomes important when you start evaluating everyone on the same scale without taking into account any bias.

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