Britton English 1 prop: standardized tests i

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Melissa Britton English 1110.01 15 April 2014 Proposal Topic: The use of standardized tests is not improving education in America. Standardized tests have been used for decades in America. However, their popularity rose in 2002 when the No Child Left Behind Act mandated standardized testing in all 50 states to evaluate the progress of students. At the time, this seemed like a step in the right direction. It is evident from statistics that standardized testing has not improved America’s education. In 2000, America was 18 th in the world for math and in 2009 we slipped to 31 st . Statistics aside, standardized testing limits students in many ways. By conforming to the requirements of standardized tests, students are not allowed to think creatively. Also, students learn to “hate” math and critical reading since they are “drill taught” these subjects in order to do well on standardized tests. By not giving students adequate feedback on tests, standardized testing does not give students the abilities to evaluate their mistakes an learn from them. Additionally, students who come from higher income families are at an advantage because they can afford expensive prep classes in order to improve scores. On a different note, some schools cover up bad test scores by holding students back, or submitting these score separately. In turn, this defeats the whole purpose of why standardized testing was put into place. Some critics states that
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  • Spring '14
  • JoanDonigan
  • English, Standardized test, Valerie Strauss

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