These tests are introduced as early as 2nd grade. Few know, however, that these tests actually are very inaccurate in comparing students’ intelligences. Standardized tests have a horrible history and still remain a problem in today’s society; furthermore, there are more beneficial solutions out there to encourage knowledge growth. The history of standardized testing has been rocky since the start. In 1912, Henry Goddard, who
Roxana Useda ENC 1101 Professor Cash November 30, 2012 Why Trust the FCAT? Have you ever felt when taking the FCAT you are wasting your time? Over the years students have been required to take a test that will evaluate them on how well they do. The FCAT is given to obtain an insight on how much students are learning on three main subjects, science, reading, and math every year. Despite the benefits teachers and schools obtain, standardized testing like the FCAT is not effective in evaluating student’s performance because not all students learn at the same level, they fall under pressure, and they are being taught just for the test which prevents from learning skills that are yet to be learned.
Gatto is saying that schooling is made for kids to adapt to; it has adaptive qualities, therefore there is a chance for everyone to succeed if they really want to, but it takes away from any individual thinking. Conforming is another evil of school because it makes us forced to learn things we really have no interest in and as Gatto states “its intention is to make children as alike as possible”(153). A lot of students use this excuse while they are in high school “when am I ever going to use this again in life” ill be honest I have said it before but I don't necessarily agree with these students because you need to build a base education before you figure out what you want your schooling to focus on. Kids change their minds everyday, I realized that I’m not quite sure I want to be an art major anymore, even being in the first couple of classes I knew it wasn’t for me
488). O`malley explains that students should be given test frequently to allow the teachers to give their students feed back in where their grades stand in the class and to discipline them into studying on a daily basis. The article also mentions that some professors are usually against more testing because it would be time consuming for them to prepare the exams then grade them. However, this issue can be solved by having teaching assistants or by grading multiple-choice exams by scantron machines. In conclusion, O’Malley strongly suggests that professors should give students
I know we can be overwhelmed by numbers but there should be away to reach students on the levels they are and teach them to the levels were we want them to be. Until each student has been assessed and helped, I do not think we are attacking the problems in the urban environment. This will take many hands and resources but until we support the whole student the outcomes will remain. A child is not measured in my
High-stakes testing begins in elementary school, where the results determine promotion from one grade to another. “High-stakes test them determines graduation from high school; admission to undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools,; and professional licenses, and employment credentials.” (Spring, 16th Edition, 2013 American Education P.63) It should be self-evident, that mass produced, mass administered English language and reading tests would not be sensitive enough to bring to light the serious difficulties with English grammar, vocabulary and reading and writing that many students in school face. It’s a problem that to self-evident to those who crack the whip of standardized
This whole cut and dry teaching, what is wrong and what is right in education. But is this to say we are “dumbing down education” to meet standard test and better scores and rankings. The slang expression of “dumbing down” describes the deliberate diminishment of the intellectual level of the content of literature, film, schooling and education, news, and other aspects of culture. I believe that there are many factors why Americans rankings are so low. Education has dumbed down but there are so many different aspects of the situation, fingers pointed on why this has happened.
I guess I was blind to see how teachers have to teach and how they teach. Back in my day when I went to school teachers cared and tried to keep the students from not being bored and keep us engaged. Now that both my girls are in school. I think it’s bad for the teachers and the students cause all they have is test after test that last for weeks just to prove where our kids stand with the rest of the nation or in the county. Work Sited John Taylor Gatto.
Standardized tests punish all students classified under minorities, special education, and those who do not comprehend the English language. For students in underfunded schools, it is difficult to compete with the middle class, the wealthy, and the educated in a well-funded schooling environment. According to Education Week, “No Child Left Behind” also includes the increasing numbers of high-school dropouts as schools focus on the middle range of students to neglect the lowest performers. Students who do not meet proficiency requirements on given standardize tests may have their diploma revoked and in worse case repetition of the grade may be required. It reflects badly on the school when this occurs, and often provokes investigation into the administration’s wrong doings.
Erica Goldson Valedictorian Speech Response Erica Goldson brought up a very controversial and very interesting topic about our current education system in the US. She states that students are so focused at memorizing data and getting good grades, that they miss out on the whole idea of learning and being educated. I agree with her, students should be learning and absorbing the material, instead of memorizing for the next big test and just forgetting about it later on. Graduating seems like the top priority in students nowadays, and to me that is just upsetting. And the students who are very talented and are very motivated to learn and be driven in a non-academic subject seem to have a more negative image than the people who are driven by academics.