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

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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In the video Bob says, “I did poorly on the tests, as a result, my teachers thought I was stupid and since they thought I was stupid, I thought I was stupid.” This statement really stuck out to me because at one point in my life, I felt the exact same way. I didn’t do very well on a standardized test, and I was told that I was below average. That is not something anyone wants to hear; especially not a child. Children need to want/love to learn. I truly think that standardized tests take away the joy of learning. Bob also goes on to talk about how the first standardized tests were created a long time ago, when the only people taking them were the higher social class people. Times have changed, and education hasn’t. Just like we were talking in class, education needs to start evolving.  

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FREE Standardized Test Prep

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Just the mention of a standardized test causes major anxiety for both students and teachers. Download this FREE file that includes 5 sample pages from our
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This is a good website that provides test prep for standardized tests. Maybe with more preparation, there will some stress taken off of the students and teachers.

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A Student Says No to Standardized Testing - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

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A Student Says No to Standardized Testing
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)
Contemporary America is constantly working toward diversity.
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A college student decided to opt out of a standardized test that he was supposed to take. He said, "I resent the GRE in all of its standardized glory. Why must I take a standardized test to study creative writing? Will memorizing the quadratic formula help me prove my ability to craft narrative?" I would have to say that what he said makes complete sense. I don't understand the point of memorizing, and cramming  all this information in our heads, just to soon forget it all. I could not tell you one thing I did on my high school SAT. All I remember from that day was being so stressed out that I had a panic attack. Is this how we want our current and future students to feel about tests? 

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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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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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Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:00 AM

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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More Tests Will Make Your Kids Smarter

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Why American schools need more testing, not less.
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In this article, it states that, “The problem with the standardized tests is that they assume that there’s a fixed amount of knowledge and ability in a student’s head, which the test merely measures.” This is a huge problem. The amount of knowledge in a student’s head isn’t, and never will be, fixed. That is why I am so against these types of tests. Dr. Bote said in class that she let her students pick their own words for their vocabulary tests. I think this is an awesome way to test students. This way, they can show that they are learning something, even if it’s not the exact same thing that other students learned. Learning is learning, and that is all that should matter. 

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Parents opting kids out of standardized testing - New Haven Register (blog)

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Parents opting kids out of standardized testing
New Haven Register (blog)
NEW HAVEN >> When Tim Slekar decided to boycott standardized testing at his son's school, he didn't know what he was doing, whether it would be legal or what his plan would be.
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I couldn't agree more with this article. "The tests have yet to show an increase in graduation rate, a reduction in the so-called school-to-prison pipeline or a decrease in poverty, McDermott said. Instead, she said, people are seeing 'public schools close, a huge rise in children’s stress level. They’re getting sick, nauseous". This statement really stuck out to me. As a student that has taken plenty of standardized tests, I honestly feel like it harmed me more than it helped me. I couldn't tell you one thing I remeber learning for those tests. But I will never forget how much they stressed me out.

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