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Via Meleny Weber
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I think this cartoon accurately uses humor to describe what standardized tests are like. The first man is asking the second man what going through the public school system qualifies him to do, and the second man responds by saying "Is that a multiple choice, true-false, or fill-in-the-blank question?" This is funny because it is so true that now-a-days students are trained to think like that. We look at the type of question, and think how we're supposed to answer it, when in reality we should just be using our brains and actually thinking about it. If you go to any SAT tutor, they teach you how to quickly answer different types of questions. I know from personal experience that I didn't actually learn anything this way and it was like I was just going through the motions to get a good score. That is what standardized tests have become. 

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Meleny Weber's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:41 PM

This cartoon truly captures and represents the effects of standardized testing on students. In the cartoon an interviewer is asking a recent graduate "So you were educated in the public school system, what does that qualify you to do?" The grad then answers "is that a multiple choice, true-false, or fill-in-the-blank question?" Students in public schools are constantly being forced to take standardized tests that it becomes second nature for them. The student cannot even answer the question unless it is in the form of a multiple choice question. This just shows how overdone all the tests are in public schools across the county. I completely agree with this comic, and I am against so many tests being distributed to students. 

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Standardized Tests | Prepare And Interpret Results

Standardized Tests | Prepare And Interpret Results | Standardized Testing in Schools | Scoop.it
What you should know about standardized tests before your child sharpens his #2 pencil. Learn to prepare for and interpret results.

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This article tells parents what they should know about standardized tests before their child goes to take them, and then it also tells them how to prepare for and interpret their child's test results. This is really important to know because there is no point in taking a standardized test if you don't know how to interpret the results. This article talks about things like what standardized tests measure and what their limitations are. Standardized testing has been a hot topic in the debate world for quite some time, and this is a good article to show what standardized tests are all about. 

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Erin Mallory's comment, November 30, 2013 9:34 PM
I chose to scoop this article because in the article you can even see the stress and pressure put on the students in the article. This article provides preparation techniques for the student. It helps show just how far these tests are being taken and how serious students are expected to take it even though the tests are not accurately used.
Rakhee Cherian's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:49 PM

There is a lot of controversy over standardized testing. The first thing I wanted to look into is what are their purpose? What are they looking for in the results? When it comes to standardized testing people often just know that they want to do well. But do well at what? What are they really looking for. So it may be helpful to know what are they testing? This article gives a clear precise answer and then expands on that and states some factors that can also affect the result. And what people can do to prepare for them. I also liked that it included a section about how to interpret the result. But then didnt flat out tell how to interpret it. It instead stated that it varies. I think that is important to realize because people often look at standardized testing and how it is all the same. But in fact it is all a little different. Although the may be able to be grouped together these types of tests tell you something specific and it is not all the same. So it is good to know what you are looking for so that when you get the result you understand what it is telling about you. And it isnt always what you would expect. It doesnt just say you were wrong or right there are more nuances within them. I think this is a helpful article when trying to get some facts and ideas about standardized testing and from there we can go more and depth and learn about the actual results of standardized testing.

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How Standardized Testing Damages Education | FairTest

If you have been wondering what the disvatages of Standardized Testings are, here's a website that will tell you


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I think this is a good article because it shows one side to the standardized testing debate. This specific article shows how standardized testing damages education and is not good for students. It is important to see both sides of the argument so you can form your own opinion.
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Ten "Must-Know" Facts About Educational Testing - Programs - National PTA

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Ten "Must-Know" Facts About Educational Testing
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First off, I think the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a great source to use when talking about anything in schools. This article gives ten facts (and explains them) about educational testing. All of the things that are said in this article are very important for parents, and even teachers, to know and be aware of. I think this article breaks down standardized tests and looks at them realistically, and I think it is a great source.
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Standardized Tests - ProCon.org

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Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America? Read pros and cons in the debate.
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This is a great article because it shows all the pros and cons of standardized testing. Each side presents a really good argument, and once again, I think it is very important to see both sides of controversial issues such as this one. 

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