Test to the death

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President George W. Bush was one of the main contributors to getting Standardized Tests implemented into our school system. He started the “No Child Left Behind Act” in 2001, which brought in Standardized Testing as a way to test students performance. However, throughout the years people have questioned the accuracy of Standardized Tests.

One thing that people are questioning is exactly how well they can test the performance of students. Can these tests truly show what the student has learned or comprehended throughout the year? Another concern is that it also does not take in factors into consideration such as, if students are bad test takers or have test anxiety.

From the article “Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America,”  they state, “Standardized Tests are an unreliable measure of performance…50-80% of year-over-year test score improvements were temporary and caused by fluctuations that had nothing to do with long-term changes in learning.”

Many students do not like standardized tests, but they also force teachers to teach a specific way. Many teachers depend on how well their students do on these tests, because they are evaluated on it. This forces them to teach to the test. Instead teachers should not be evaluated on how well their students do and they should be able to teach what they want. Overall tests were effective at one point in time, now they’ve proven ineffective in showing students’ learning abilities which was their main purpose. 

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