Tested: Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

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July 23rd, 2012

Students working toward completing their education know that when it comes to school, being tested is more or less unavoidable. If you’re working toward finishing courses in your education, there’s a good chance you’ve taken a test recently. While regular tests are important for most classes, standardized tests are another beast entirely. America is considered the single most tested nation on the globe, with students of all ages engaging in more rigorous and demanding standardized tests each year. While some advocate for the continued presence of standardized testing in our educational system, more students, parents, and educators are beginning to press for the eradication of standardized tests all together. American students are certainly taking a great deal of these one-size-fits-all, fill in the bubble assessments, but statistics don’t show that the tests are helping. Compared to other nations, American students are seriously underperforming in school, and this lack of success has raised the question, are standardized tests actually helping educators know how to teach, or are these tests just wasting valuable time? With students of all ages being expected to fit into a single mold for measuring knowledge, it’s hard to imagine that standardized tests can actually help educators assess different students’ needs. If you’re considering a career in the academic field, or you’re simply a student who questions the value of standardized tests, the following infographic can help shed some light on the over-testing of American students.

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2 Responses to “Tested: Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense”

  1. john scott Says:

    So, what – tests make students drop out of school? In 1969 a male student was drafted if he didnt stay in school. When used properly – tests serve to reinforce what was learned.

    The place for standardized tests is in measuring a baseline, but certainly not in measuring performance or potential.


  2. April Says:

    A big problem though, is that the tests ARE being used to measure potential – whether a student will succeed in college or not. Students are made to feel that these tests accurately measure what they know, and more, how successful they will generally be in life. Students are classified as human resources rather than helping each student achieve what they are able and have the talent to do. They are used to evaluate whether a student should graduate, whether teachers are doing their jobs well, and whether schools should get funding. It’s ludicrous to think that all of this can be adequately determined from a standardized assessment.

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