High Stake Testing

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High Stakes Testing Belinda Carmona EDU/315 9-20-2012 Ione Grimm High Stakes Testing A high-stakes test is a test with important consequences for the test taker, passing has important benefits, such as a high school diploma, and whether or not a student will receive a scholarship. When failing a high stake test their can be significant disadvantages, such as being enforced to take remedial classes until the test is past. The use of high-stakes tests is a contentious issue in public education, particularly in the United States where the tests have become notably common in recent years, used not only to evaluate students but in attempts to amplify teacher accountability. Issues that pertain to high stake test for example is how it effects student’s motivation to learn, closing or restructuring low-performing schools, replacing or removing teachers for low classroom or school test scores and the effects of high stakes test on at risk students. Student Motivation Virtually 30 states now assess schools primarily or solely on the basis of student test scores. A similar number unequivocally tie student promotions or graduations according to the performance on state or district tests. When interviewed about high-stake testing several teachers perceptions were obvious of how classrooms have changed since the implementation of high stakes tests. They established that teachers believed that standardized tests noticeably cause younger students to experience, stress, fatigue, misbehavior and emotional distress. Teachers have reported that student morale had deteriorated and none reported that it had improved since high stakes have been implemented in schools. Teachers and administrators focus on testing because the schools and faculty are held accountable, when students perform poorly on the test and this adds even more to students’ level of stress according to

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