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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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The writer made the article full of pro's and con's of standardized testing. It's neutral and almost like a list.It's available for all ages. 

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Lena Richie's curator insight, December 10, 2013 12:19 AM

This page is entirely made up of the pros and cons to standardized testing in America, which is clearly important to read for background information on this topic. There are also videos on No Child Left Behind and other topics involved with standardized testing, as well as statistics about testing use. The pros and cons are based on the question of whether standardized testing is improving education. One pro argument that I strongly disagreed with stated that "teaching to the test can be a good thing because it focuses on essential content and skills, eliminates time-wasting activities that don't produce learning gains, and motivates students to excel." I don't know how this person would classify "time-wasting activities that don't produce learning gains", but to me it sounds like they are advocating for getting rid of activities that are beneficial for the creativity and enjoyment of the students. It seems like this person wants to take fun out of education and make it about grades and testing, which I strongly disagree with. Teaching to the test has made students dread school, and learning should be interesting and fun.

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Stop the War Against Standardized Tests | Hoover Institution

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This article shows the benefits of standardized testing. It has a great  statistics and stories. The spelling and grammar that this author uses is perfectly clear.

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Lena Richie's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:20 AM

This article comes from the standpoint that standardized testing is beneficial in our school system, which is different from both my personal opinion and the stances taken by a lot of my sources. The article discusses some of the major reasons why standardized testing is important to have in schools, as well as refutes some of the reasons why we shouldn't have testing in our educational system. One argument that I found interesting was the idea that tests could reveal strengths in students that could be "further developed in college study and in specialized vocation." What I don't understand is how a standardized test that is supposed to be uniform for all students going to completely show a student's strengths besides the basic "they're better at math than reading" concept. These tests can't show all of the intricacies of an individual student because they aren't individualized. This article talks about how tests only sample a fraction of the information supposedly being taught in schools, like what James Popham said in his interview with PBS. The problem with this is that teachers are only teaching what is on the tests, so they are neglecting full instruction on some of the other topics that are just as important. Also, these other topics could be some that students find the most invigorating, and if they are not getting a chance to learn them, they aren't going to find education interesting or fun. This takes away the well-rounded education they should be recieving. 

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Obama calls for less standardized testing - Galesburg Register-Mail

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Obama calls for less standardized testingGalesburg Register-MailBut District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and ...


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I think this article is reliable because it uses statistics. Also, it avoids overly emotional words. Finally it uses grammar and spelling.

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In the Home of Standardized Testing, Widespread Calls For Reform | The American Prospect

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By Abby Rapaport

 

"Over the past year, there’s been a steady and ongoing revolt in Texas. Not about secession or guns or the many other fringe topics that the state is usually associated with. This battle has been waged primarily by parents and teachers, and the demand is relatively simple—cut back on testing our kids. There’s been similar sentiments simmering in states across the country, but in Texas a new set of tests, put in place last year, sparked the outcry. Now, the push that began in school board and PTA meetings has finally reached the halls of power."


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This is a good source because it shows good examples of the cons of this topic.  Also it was easy to read and follow. Finally the position is clearly exposed.  

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6 Reasons Standardized Testing Is, At Best, Problematic

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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 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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Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 15, 2014 8:37 AM

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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Teachers at Saucedo in Chicago refusing to hand out standardized ...

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I frankly have never heard a non-lobbyist say anything positive about standardized testing. Yet the practice has steadily crept into educational systems to steal time from what could be the making of art or the telling of history or ...
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This is a good site because states very strong opinion over this topic. Although we think it was a little overly emotional. Also this is a good source because it uses a real example that impacts this topic.  

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Forum takes on standardized testing - Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog)

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Forum takes on standardized testing Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) Two icons of the progressive education movement spoke in Philadelphia Wednesday night to decry standardized testing and urge that a “justice-oriented framework” drive...
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How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?

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Student Opinion | Tell us about your experiences with standardized tests.

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This is a great article because it's very neutral. It's grammar and spelling is very accurate and it's easy to read. the article is written in an appropriate language for all ages. The author doesn't get overly emotional about the topic.

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Caroline Staffa's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:22 PM

This piece is from a Learning blog by the Washington Post that asks students to reply with their opinions of standardized testing.  It begins by asking students to answer in the comment section regarding these questions, "What standardized tests have you taken in your school career? How have your teachers prepared you for them? How well do you do on those kinds of tests in general? How well do you think the ones you have taken have measured your intelligence and abilities? Why?"  

The article then gives a brief background on what standardized was meant to do.  It says that the testing is to make sure that students are learning what the schools and counties have deemed appropriate for them to have mastered by this point in ther education.  The SAT  is made to measure and predict how successful a student will be in college. After reading through the many responses, I decided to curate it because it not only shows the perspective of students but also the differing perspectives between students on standardized testing.

 

I was incredibly shocked by some students reactions because I never met a student that liked standardized testing and thought it was a suitable measurement.  However, Kassie replied by saying "My experiences with standardized test are very helpful. They are help for to me because they show what I need help on and what I need to learn for the next year of school. Standardized test do assess skills and knowledge because they can really help students for the next year. My school spends weeks preparing for these test. In general, the role of these tests is to show what students need help to accomplish the skills they need for next years."  Kassie was not the only student to reply by saying that she thinks standardized testing is helpful for her learning.  Even though I was really surprised, it also made me happy to see that some students like having that structure to help them see where they stand.  The variety of answers among students displays how there are so many different opinions.

 

One student made this suggestion, and I was incredibly impressed.  Cheryl S. said, "Advancement to the next grade level should not be based solely on a student’s ability to do well on a test but on a multitude of other factors as well: course assessments, portfolio of student work over the course of the school year, student reflections on content material, and various low-stakes assessments through the school year to mark improvement."  These ideas are similar to those of the teachers of Seattle schools who defeated their standardized tests.  I am really motivated and inpsired that new actions and ideas are sprouting around the nation as to how we can better assess students that is fair and adheres to the strengths of more students.

 

As part of my reaction to this piece, I decided to include what I would have written if I were to have replied to this post.  I would have said, "I do not think standardized testing successfully measures my intelligence or abilities, and I do not think that any test can meaure a student's potential to succeed.  I have many more intelligences than tested and more abilities than can be seen by bubbling in A, B, C or D and so does every student.  I took many tests throughout elementary, middle and high school, and I always did average or below average.  I also took the SAT, and I spent years trying to master it, trying to make my mind bend in a way that would understand its useless questions, literally crying to mom because I thought I was stupid.  I listened to countless advisors, teachers and tutors telling me I needed a certain way of thinking to do well on this exam.  I just kept wondering, "What is wrong with my own way of thinking?" Well, I never got the score I needed. Yet here I am an honors student at the Univeristy of Maryland so where does that fit into the calculations, measurements and predictions of success by some arbitrary set of questions and answers?"  It may be harsh, but I have always resented the exam that threatened to stand in the way of the dreams that I had worked so hard for.

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Hamilton students below average in math: EQAO results

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Students in both Hamilton school boards ranked below average in standarized math testing. The Catholic school board has plans to strike a committee to find out why.
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I choose this article because it has really good information and visuals. Also it uses statistics to help me understand. Finally it uses propper grammar and spelling.

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