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High Stake Testing 1 High Stake Testing: Good or Bad BY Elizabeth Carlson
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High Stake Testing 2 As we all know there are many issues with the education department. One of the biggest debates is high stake testing. Many educators would say that having our students take standardized testing is highly beneficial for them. However, there is a debate on whether or not high stake testing is helpful or hurtful to our students and teachers. I believe standardized testing is not a sufficient way of tracking a student's educational progress, it comes with many consequences. These consequences may interfere with the achievement of students learning ability, and how an educator must prepare in order to assist the student to be successful in all areas. However, you must ask yourself how beneficial high stake testing is for first your students and second yourself as an educator? Numerous educators would say that high stake testing does not interfere with their classroom curriculum. However, I find it extremely difficult to believe that by adding this into their yearly state- wide curriculum that it does not interfere with the amount of work already on their hands. The majority of educators make the high stake testing a priority either equal to or above their normal curriculum. This is causing more work for their students and themselves, because they feel that they can accept and accomplish any task that is added to the educational process. Educators fear they may lose their jobs and benefits if they do not convert to following the high educated law requirements. This has
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High Stake Testing 3 caused not only our educators but our students as well, to become extremely stressed out over high stake testing. Even though our education professionals accept the challenge to make the best out of every situation given to them, I still believe that everything the state mandates and adds to the curriculum causes added stress due to the importance of the student’s education. However, there are a few education professionals who would argue against this point, which caused some educators to turn and ask the students how they felt not only about high stake testing, but also making it mandatory in order to graduate from high school. High stake testing was proven to be stressful on the student s and the educators. According to Hughes and bailey, educators were suggested to give up their curriculum plans for the first eight weeks of class to focus on high stake testing (2001). English classes would work on how to pick main ideas out of a paragraph and anything else they could find that would prompt their students for success. The high stake testing caused numerous amounts of students to panic, especially in high school. High school sophomores were asked to rate the stress levels. The majority of the students ranked right in the middle and expressed that they were worried that the high stake test would prevent them from graduating from high school. The students felt that high stake testing was an unfair test (Bailey/Hughes
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