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.
Peers, family, society, and time play a huge factor in the amount of stress the student body has. These external stress factors can cause consequences like jail, expulsion, tarnished reputation and loss of morals, and even depression. The stress can lead to pretty serious outcomes. There are many examples of how being stressed by the amount of work received each week by schools leads to either drastic or positive endings. Ultimately the pressure is placed upon the student to determine how they deal with it.
Homework is like a tsunami; you can try hard but you cannot avoid it. For example, the students of Bay Creek Middle have become boisterous, recalcitrant, and ostracizing due to the voluminous levels of after-school studies assigned on a quotidian basis. The rising amounts of disobedience have been reportedly induced by overloading the burgeoning minds of schoolchildren. With jails becoming more and more occupied, there is little room for scholars who have become rogue from homework induced violence. Additionally, the parents of students who are faced with mountains of homework have found that as more and more after-school studies are assigned, the students’ obedience has sharply plummeted like our current economy.
How many of you get stressed out the day before taking a test because of all of the studying that you have to do. I bet that most of you do. All of you are high school students, and tests can bring a lot of pressure for you guys. Suppose you have two tests on the same day. How in the world are you supposed to study for all of these tests as well as get your homework done and have some spare time for other things.
© 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Self- efficacy, task value, achievement goals, learning approaches , Mathematics achievement. 1. Introduction Mathematics and factors influencing students' achievement or failure in it have always been a basic issue in education; however, despite the extensive line of research conducted and heavy budgets spent, there are still huge numbers of students who experience failure in mathematics each year (malekzade, 2005). Therefore, identifying factors affecting students' performance in this course and determining the size of these effects can be critically important in helping students
Academic dishonesty occurs in many different forms such as sharing answers, plagiarizing or copying homework; sadly, cheating happens daily in most educational intuitions today. Students cheat because of the various academic pressures they have, and simply stated it's the easy way out, but this can later affect a student's academic and professional career. Today's society values "good grades more than knowledge"(Kennedy, 2012), this idea further burdens students with more academic pressures than what already exists which encourages them to cheat and manipulate their knowledge in order to receive better grades. It is normal for a child's parents to expect good grades from their children, but some parents do not realize the overwhelming pressures that lie on a student's shoulder to achieve a grade of excellence. A "C" letter grade represents satisfactory achievement and should not be looked down upon.
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.
How to Be a Successful Test Taker Tests: this is what most student scare of every time they hear it, or if they prepare for it. Students do not realize that tests keeps going through out all their lives: primary, secondary, high school, universities, and even in our jobs. Some people do not complete their career because they are afraid of not passing the tests that they are supposed to. There are two different kinds of tests: classroom tests which are the teachers write them, standardized tests which are written by professional. There are many different ways to be a successful test taker.
August 16, 2012 ‘On Homework’ One of the most difficult challenges that teachers and parents face is getting teenagers to do their homework. A common complaint with high school students is the fact that they do not have enough time to do their homework. Since the year 2000, American students are holding down more jobs, taking on more household responsibilities, and participating in a greater amount of extracurricular activities than any other generation of American students. As more and more distractions are made available to the American teenager, it is imperative that today's students are aware of the importance of doing their homework. Homework is a necessary component of every successful student's education.
Begging, demanding, and asking for an undeserved grade Google “How do you go to a teacher and ask for a better grade?” The search results might be shocking as there are countless guidelines posted by several students instructing other students on how to beg, demand, or simply ask a professor for a higher grade than the one originally given to them. Each semester teachers get several requests asking for better grades because either the student needs it or the student really, really wants it. In Kurt Weisenfeld's article “Making the Grade,” Weisenfeld discusses how after reviewing final grades, his failing students felt as if they could hassle him for grades that they thought they deserved but did not receive. Rather than meeting their goals and putting the effort needed to be awarded for the desired grade, these students expected a free upgrade for undeserved effort. Regardless of the outcome, Weisenfeld becomes disgruntled and exposes how students attempt to manipulate and take advantage of teachers by asking, demanding, and using stories of woe in order to convince teachers to issue higher grades.