Tested: Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense
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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