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6 Reasons Standardized Testing Is, At Best, Problematic

6 Reasons Standardized Testing Is, At Best, Problematic | Standardized Tests Alejandro M. Antonio R. Sophie T. | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: The pros and cons of standardized testing is a tired argument, and isn’t a topic we touch on much here at TeachThought (purposely). But like it or not, testing remains a significant issue...

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This source is very useful because it explains several reasons why standardized testing is bad for children. It also has good pictures that help you understand the concept better.  It has proper

grammar and spelling and it is written in appropriate language

 

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Sebastian pira's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:32 AM

This source is useful because it has many reasons why standardized testing is bad. This source is also good because it has an opinion but it is not overly emotional . The article also has really good visuals which helps you understand the topic better. 

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Test Problems: Seven Reasons Why Standardized Tests Are Not Working | Education.com

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Concerned with testing problems? Here are seven reasons why standardized tests are not working.

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I choose this article because it is like a persuasive essay. It gives tons of evidence. It has quotes and explains the reasons for no Standardized tests. It has real live situation facts. In this page you can get all the information against Standardized tests. Also it is easy to read if your a elementary or middle school student.

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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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I choose this article because it has evidence, quotes, real live  situations, and its not hard to read. This article has a column for a good side of Standardized Tests and one for the bad side. You can make comparison between the two columns. And the end of the page it has several videos supporting the argument. I think this is a goodarticle  because I can find all of the information I need.

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Manar Dajani's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:45 PM

Standard Testing-

Source: ProCon.org

 

Is teaching to the test dumb down students? I believe so! Students are only learning what’s on the test, disregarding all other information they SHOULD know for life. After students cram for the test, they basically are throwing everything out the window. Also, not every student is a good test taker. Some students are basically just master test-taking skills and are able to get a good grade although they are not on par with the information. Other kids know the information but are not familiar with the structure of the exam and it throws them off. There are too many areas that are not covered so what is the point? It’s certainly not to see what our kids know! It’s who is the best at guessing, test-taking skills, and memorizing what’s on the exam.

Different things can affect the score like the school efforts to get the magic number vs. family background. Students who have better family backgrounds are more likely to get a higher score, is that fair? Students become obsessed with a number and that feeling that they are the 30th percentile is very discouraging knowing that 70% of students are “smarter” than you.  

This test is also unfair for bilingual kids and kids with special needs and I can attest to that because I was a bilingual kid and the first few months I was here I was forced to take an exam where I did not understand half of the test. Obviously I got past that barrier but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t fair to me!

To think that we slipped from 18th to 31st in math since the beginning of no child behind is just shocking and shows how horrible this is to our education system

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The Truth about Standardized Testing

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Linking Standardized Tests to funding, teacher pay, and/or school performance ranking, etc. creates a destructive avalanche of consequences for both children and teachers.

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This is a good source because it describes why standardized tests lead to anxiety, stress and leads to great teachers leaving teaching.  It also has good grammar and it is written in age appropriate language. It even has solutions to the controversial issue

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Taylor Rumsey's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:55 PM

I think all of the consequences listed in this article are completely true. It shows you how these tests obviously affect the students, but it also shows you how these tests affect the teachers as well. The first consequence listed says, "The MANIPULATION of students to perform well OR ELSE . . .'your teacher will lose her job', 'you won’t get recess', 'you won’t get in good classes". This really shows you how much pressure these tests put on students and teachers.

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Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense Infographic

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The Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense Infographic takes a close look at the over-testing of students and showcases an argument that standardized tests don’t make sense. http://elearninginfographics.com/why-standardized-tests-dont-make-sense-infographic/


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This source is useful because it explains the reasons why Standardized Tests are bad and a waste of money. The article comes from a college website and it didn't talk only about the test in college also in elementary school, and high school. Reading this article I saw things I never knew about Standardized Tests. I liked how the article included drawings and pictures to explain better. This makes it a good article  to read.

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Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:40 PM

This is a good infographic because it supports the idea that there shouldnt be SAT it also gives examples and has good spelling.

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Standardized Testing

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Standardized Testing, About.com Teaching

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I put this article because it really good it has a lot of information.Also you can reed some consequences like closing the school. This information has been written by a school or teachers saying there experience.  

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Rakhee Cherian's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:58 AM

This article begins to explore actual opinions about standardized testing. And allowed me to look from two different perspectives. After getting some knowledge about standardized testing it is good to see some actual opinions about it. Also this article shows that a person does not necessarily have to be against or for standardized testing. It is possible to find issues and some good purposes as well. While I do appreciate the chance to do some comparisons about standardized testing this article did bring up some questions. Such as what is an effective way to test students so that we still have the pros while improving on the cons. The articles mentions on how it allows comparisons. But comparisons about what? And is having comparisons truly a good thing? What is the purpose of the comparison. I included this article because it allowed me to look at different perspectives. And also it allowed me to start truly making some camparison and look at opinions. And it allows me to look further into other explorations. 

Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:17 PM

This article is one of the best articles I've read simply because it hooks me into reading more and follows all checklist points. The 2 things I liked best about this article was that it gives a lot of links to usefull pages in bolded words in which he chose the most important. Also to be a neutrual article it's really good because he does not go in favor of one but gives good reasons for both.

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Letter: Standardized tests are taking over our schools - Albany Times Union

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Letter: Standardized tests are taking over our schools
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Is anyone who's paying the slightest bit of attention really surprised the latest round of costly standardized tests was a crashing failure?

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This is a good source because it shows that it is written in age appropriate language. Also it has good information about the low scores children have had the last years. It says that the last tests have been a complete failure. It also has info about the stress that tests give to your students or your kids.

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Orange County student protests standardized tests

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Sixth grader Zoe Morris refused to take the standardized tests known as

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This video explains a good cause for not talking Standardized Tests. Also the girl explains her experience as a straight A+ student. Her dad also quotes and gives detail why take if it is not useful. That is what makes this video a good resource for no Standardizes Tests in school.

 

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Ian Fraser's curator insight, May 26, 2013 12:49 AM

News story of an eleven-year old who refused to take a standardised test.

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Standardized Testing | Diary of a Public School Teacher!

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Posts about Standardized Testing written by Oldschoolteach

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This source is  useful because it was written by a 27 year old teacher and she explains   her experience. and  the put a lot of links and  comics.In addition she said some things that made you reflect.I thought that testing wasn't  so annoying for teachers but it is.

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Caroline Staffa's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:14 PM

This blog is written by a teacher of 27 years who mainly focuses on her thoughts of standardized testing, which include topics such as its impacts on her students, how it effects her teaching and the various types of standardized testing.  Some of the titles of her articles are "I suffer from FEOA- Fear of Education Acronyms," "I am not a "highly effective" teacher- test scores have spoken!" and "Teachers, Targets and Test Scores!"  These articles show a teacher's passionate reactions to all of the testing she and her students must go through and how she is defined by "arbitrary targets."  I decided to curate this article because some of the articles claimed that standardized testing is great way to measure a teacher's effectiveness yet I think it is important to hear directly from a teacher about her experiences with standardized testing.  

 

An article that I would like to focus on is "I am not a "highly effective" teacher- test scores have spoken!"  According to her students' test scores she was evaluated as an effective teacher, not a highly effective teacher.  What I found most ironic about this article was that she posted an infographic along with this article that listed 22 qualities of a highly effective teacher such as encouragement, using music and art, energizing, investigating, reaching out to parents and globalizing information just to name a few.  "Get good standardized test scores" is not one of the qualities listed.  She responds to this by saying, "It bothers me that I am forced to accept a label that does not describe the type of teacher I am. It bothers me that I am forced to accept a label that is tied to test scores, and not actually how I perform in my classroom."  I think it is so interesting that her views of standardized testing are basically exactly the same as my own even though mine are from a student's perspective and she has the teacher's perspective.  Both students and teachers have to be labeled by these test results, which is unrepresentative of how hard they work together every day in the classroom.  I support this teacher's views that one test with arbitrary target scores cannot possibly measure a teacher's effectiveness or a students' abilities.  

 

She also wrote an article that expresses her support for what the teachers and students at Garfield High as shown in the YouTube video also curated on this page.  She writes, "I admire the teachers of Garfield High so much! What they have done and are still doing is amazing! Not only amazing, but very brave. In the scheme of things, everyone might not see what they are doing as heroic.  However, as an educator, in this economy, in this toxic environment, the fact that these teachers stood up, and against, standardized testing by saying, "No, we won't!" is heroic in my eyes!"  After reading the blog of an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher combined with the video of Garfield High teachers, I support teachers in finding better ways to assess both them and their students.  It makes me very nervous to enter a field with so many teachers protesting such a large aspect of the system. Reading her blog also intimidates me from being a teacher a little because I am nervous that I will not be able to help my students reach the targets on their standardized tests.  I do not want that to define whether or not I am a good teacher so I stand behind current teachers who are fighting because they should not be definited by a number score either.  

 James Popham's article "Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Equality," which is curated on this page supports these teachers ascertations that standardized test scores do not accurately measure or predict the type of teacher or quality of teacher that they are.

 

Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:15 PM

This article had stories to support it ,include links to other websites that say  more detail of the issue , avoid emotional words ,but actual solutions,had proper grammar and spelling , and it had the 6th grade reading level .