Education Paper Final.docx - Altman 1 Final Draft Alexa Altman Amber Cooney DC Composition 102 21 May 2019 The Impact of Standardized Testing In 1920

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Altman 1 Final Draft Alexa Altman Amber, Cooney DC Composition 102 21 May 2019 The Impact of Standardized Testing In 1920, the College Entrance Examination Board named the first ability based standardized test, which was called the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A standardized test is a test that examines student ability, knowledge, and recall. They can be in a high school, college, or work environment, and are typically timed. Standardized tests are a widely discussed topic not only in America, but all around the world. While some people see standardized tests as beneficial and essential for showing a student’s growth; others see it as a pointless academic race that doesn’t seem to showcase a student’s full academic ability. So why are people talking about it? The big problem people are concerned with is: does preparing for a state administered test take away from a student’s learning? Are lessons, class periods, and time being cut short at the expense of learning test taking strategies? Or, are standardized tests necessary in assessing student growth and understanding? A standardized test is any examination that's administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner. There are two major kinds of standardized tests: aptitude tests and achievement tests. Standardized aptitude tests predict how well students are likely to perform in some subsequent educational setting. The most common examples are the SAT and the ACT, both of which attempt to forecast how well high school students will perform in college. But
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Altman 2 standardized achievement-test scores are what citizens and school board members rely on when they evaluate a school's effectiveness (McNeil). One point of view, is that of people who oppose standardized testing. In “A Tyranny of Standardized Tests,” Leon Botstein speaks on behalf of the people against test taking. The article talks about how learning is not a sport, nor a race. The quickness of ones’ recall does not indicate depth of understanding. This is referring to a timed test, where students are forced to answer quickly and run through the questions. What Botstein is saying is that if a test were untimed, students would be able to take their time, and more accurate results would be shown. Some key points were that most schools spend half their school year preparing for testing. Doing this limits the enlightenment they are supposed to be receiving at school. Rather than teaching and learning, teachers are giving student’s questions from a certain testing pool and showing them how to answer it properly, instead of teaching them why it is important. “For education to be worthwhile,” he says, “we have to start teaching students with the best knowledge we can give them and make it worth their while.” Therefore, the point is to teach and activate a learning brain, with new content and applications applied everyday. Another key point is who makes these standardized tests? Certainly not the best mathematicians around, nor English professors from the most elite schools. So what is to say what we’re being tested on is valid?
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  • Fall '16
  • Mr. Cooney
  • Education, Standardized test, Norm-referenced test, Criterion-referenced test, Alexa Altman

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