Standardized Testing in Schools

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Does standardized testing improve education in public schools? Terrie Lynn Bittner the author of Homeschoolers Should Not Take Standardized Test would argue that it has not been proven that these tests help public school students. The author states that testing is nothing more than routine memorization and not true learning. So, homeschoolers shouldn’t have to take standardized tests because the parents do not need testing to see their children’s progress. With homeschooling, the parents are the ones teaching their children, so they know their progress, strengths and weaknesses. Bittner explains that there are numerous problems with testing and that teachers actually have a problem with it. There is such a frantic need to teach children everything that will be on a standardized test that learning is almost disregarded. If any material isn’t on the main test then it is not taught. The author point out that critical thinking is not on a test so it is overlooked by routine memorization. She then goes on to talk about her experience with a second grade test and how students had to interpret a poem; she got the multiple choice question wrong. As an exceptional student of literature in college, she wondered how a second grader was supposed to get it right if she couldn’t. Interpretation is an opinion by definition, and the children had no space to prove their answer or opinion was right. It was just a multiple choice question. The author also argues that children’s moods, their skills and disabilities, and drive to achieve affect the way they take these tests. Why make homeschooled students take the same tests as public schools, when public schools are obviously not succeeding at education? Bittner goes on to argue that testing cannot sufficiently measure homeschoolers’ learning. Homeschoolers are not taught out of a textbook; they learn more by reading and picking up

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