Standardized testing vs. Non-standardized testing
Standardized testing is a universal term; commonly used in education throughout the world. Our generation has been said to be the most tested in history. Each year the government spends millions on these standard given tests, determining whether or not each student measures up to par in the standards they have been presented with. They have come to the conclusion that the easiest way to chart the success of one school is to follow these results. Rating education, strictly by the numbers is the wrong way to measure a process as complex as learning; therefore, standardized tests are unfair measurements of student’s intelligence and academic performance and should be reconsidered.
A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent or standard manner. A series of multiple choice questions are filled out by thousands of students each year and are graded using scanning machines. Who knew that such an important test would be graded by a machine? These given tests are designed in such a way that the questions, administering process, and scoring procedures are all consistent and are administered and scored in a standard manner. The opposite of standardized testing is non-standardized testing. Non-standardized testing gives significantly different tests to different test takers, or gives the same tests under different circumstances. Standardized testing helps to evaluate how students in a given class, school, or the district perform in terms of relation to other students. The higher that schools make the more money that school will get.
For many years, critics have argued that many standardized tests are unmerited because the questions require knowledge and skills more likely to be possessed by children from a privileged background. Students who come from a higher socioeconomic background tend to have far more advantages than those of lower income average. “Naturally, affluent families,...