Standardized Testing

May 1, 2017
By Oswaldo_Ponce BRONZE, Houston, Texas
Oswaldo_Ponce BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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A standardized test is a test that everyone takes with the same questions in the same type of conditions and with the same amount of time. Standardized testing does not provide the most efficient way to measure students success because they do not let students use their full potential since they are answering multiple choice questions. Students are just circling letters with the answer they think is best. This is not helping improve the current generation’s education.


Standardized testing has its effects on the education system. Standardized testing is not improving the current education because of the way it is set up now. Questions with multiple choice answers is the easiest part of any test for many students because all they are doing is choosing the letter that corresponds with the answer they think is best. As mentioned in the book “Standardized Testing In Schools” by Holly Dolezalek,
““‘Standardized tests are tests on which all students answer the same questions, usually in multiple-choice format, and each question has only one correct answer. They reward the ability to quickly answer superficial questions that do not require real thought. They do not measure the ability to think or create in any field.’””
In a survey conducted at Albright Middle School on May 1, 2017, which 92 people took part in, 67% of people said that standardized tests should not judge if we advance to the next grade level. Also in that same survey, a question was asked if standardized tests is worsening or improving the education system and 62% of people said that standardized tests are worsening the education system.

With the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), standardized testing started being used more and has affected the grades of students. Standardized tests range from Campus Common Assessment (CCA) to statewide tests. Benchmarks or District Common Assessment (DCA) and statewide tests are the ones that stress students out the most. The one’s that usually end up in a student’s overall average grade is DCAs and CCAs apart from classroom tests, while statewide tests determine if a student advances to the next grade level or even graduate high school.
Standardized testing has a big effect on students and teachers. Standardized testing stresses students out before the test and during the test. If a student is stressed about the test, they can perform worse than students who are not stressed. The teaching curriculum is a teach-to-the-test kind of thing right now. This lets students learn less about what actually needs to be taught and more about what was on the previous version of the test. Teachers usually just take some questions from the previous exam and use those questions has some practice questions.

Standardized testing has its respectable and unfavorable side to it. For example, before standardized testing became a substantial thing in the United States, students in math were ranked 18 worldwide and dropped to rank 27 worldwide with the use of standardized testing. Many people think that testing students annually through the 3rd-8th grade is acceptable. Many people think that this is a way to measure how much a student has learned through the years but it is a big sweepstake on a statewide test. This sweepstake test will determine if a student advances to the next level or not.

During the school year of 2016-2017, it will be the last time that states use NCLB. There was a new law for the education system named Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This new law will take place during the 2017-2018 school year. Under this new law states are still required to tests students annually through the 3rd-8th grade.
Finally, tests should not be multiple choice. Answering multiple choice questions does not let a student's creativity come out. These multiple choice answers are limiting what the brain can do. A great way to replace multiple choice answers is by adding some short answer response questions on a reading test while gridables can replace a multiple choice answer on a math test. By doing this, it will help develop creativity and use the brain more often.

Overall standardized testing does not allow students to use their full potential. Standardized testing has its advantages and its disadvantages just like any other topic. Standardized tests just stress some students out and others may feel good about it. A person's feeling about standardized tests just depends on their personality if they like it or not. The United States has fallen behind other countries with the national use of standardized testing. Changing the way we test our students will improve the education of future generations.

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This article has 14 comments.

ThuNguyen said...
on May. 17 2017 at 1:59 pm
ThuNguyen, Houston, Texas
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Yeah, I believe one single test shouldn't define us and who we are.

StyLish said...
on May. 17 2017 at 1:57 pm
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The only thing that we are getting prepared for is Standardized testing. Schools do that because the government only funds schools with high test scores. It is understandable but it puts too much pressure on students.

Xdragon said...
on May. 17 2017 at 1:52 pm
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I think that they should make these standardized tests less major because these test are what inflicts the students with stress. I feel like they should either remove it, or make it to the point where it is not the FULL decision of whether you pass or not.

on May. 17 2017 at 1:36 pm
1LonelyRose BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Honestly, there are so many things that can go worn with standardized testing. what if you dont get enough sleep? MAYBE THE ROOM IS TOO COLD AND YOU CANT CONCENTRATE. ADHD

on May. 17 2017 at 1:11 pm
PeterCao BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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These standardized tests usually don't cover the other possible potential of students. The just cover the "core" subjects like math and reading. This is a huge downfall as those who are proficient in something like cooking won't have their skills/talents recognized.

on May. 17 2017 at 10:49 am
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Standardized test have many positives and negatives such as how they were made to review a student on what they have learned which is good, but the negative is that failing can make you fail that grade level.

nango said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:44 am
nango, Houston, Texas
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I agree on how you said standardized tests shouldn't determine a students success. It just makes a students life more stressful and difficult.

lynnsnguyen said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:36 am
lynnsnguyen, Houston, Texas
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Standardized testing, like anything, have pros and cons. The system harms us in ways like making us stressed out or feel discouraged. When we don't pass a test it makes us feel bad. BUT! it also helps us see where we are and how much we understand about the subject. You can't possibly go through a class and think that you have got it automatically, if that happens we would have doctors who might not know what they are doing on the job. Unless we can come up with other ways to prove our knowledge we are stuck with standardized testing. It does not measure our success though because we can be good at other things.

K.Dang said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:25 am
K.Dang, Houston, Texas
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Students' academic performance in school has probably dropped because when there is standardized testing, it emphasizes a certain grade you must achieve and discourages students to take the learning and information to a deeper understanding.

LanTo BRONZE said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:25 am
LanTo BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Standardize testing is viewed by many school administrators as something that will "help" the students. But what many people don't know is that by doing these tests yearly, students will already place this one thought in their mind, "well, I might fail this test." Students are not even prepared that well to take these tests, yet they are still forced to do it. I agree with you on how these tests should be altered in order to help bring out the creativity in students throughout the U.S.

ASLanguage said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:23 am
ASLanguage, Houston, Texas
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I agree that standardized testing isn't a way we should calculate a person's success or intelligence.

Sugars said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:20 am
Sugars, Houston, Texas
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I agree with your point on how standardize testing should not prove a student's success. I feel as if when I see student's gets low test grade they think its the end of the world. But in reality it doesn't and there is always a way to make up for it.

on May. 17 2017 at 10:10 am
Carsafety BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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I agree with kKimberly and also you, It's really that most teachers teach to the test, not to the students and so I believe that standardized testing is just making it worse

on May. 17 2017 at 10:05 am
KimberlyNgo BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Standardize tests limit the ability of all students and that one score should not define oneself.

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