Teachers arent the only ones dramatically affected by standardized tests

Teachers arent the only ones dramatically affected by

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tests so the students will be prepared and successfully reflect the teacher. Teachers aren’t the only ones dramatically affected by standardized tests. Students who are taking these test are more likely to worry than on any other exam. 60% of schools have confirmed that their student’s anxiety and stress levels grew as a result of the common core standardized tests (Spector). Because students are told these tests are extremely important, it adds extreme amounts of pressure on them. The grade they receive determines whether or not teachers keep their job, or if
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Heins 3 the students are left feeling behind. Standardized tests create unnecessary amounts of stress that negatively impact students as well as teachers. The common core standards in school are strictly learning, with no room for creativity. Students who practice common core standards every day in school are more focused on fixing their mistakes rather than learning from them. One worried parent claims her daughter had to memorize material for 5 tests she had that week on top of excessive amounts of homework, the problem is- she’s six years old (Hurley). Students as young as first grade should not be worried about studying and stressing over tests that will most likely have no effect on their future. It is unreasonable for teachers to have to test their students that much in one week. Tests are not the only factor associated with the common core standards that negatively affect students. Wealth also plays a role in whether or not a student may be struggling on important tests, like the SAT. A student will score lower on important tests if their family does not have the money to pay for preparation classes (Disadvantages of Standardized Tests). Affected students may not have learned or taught themselves the same tricks learned in a preparatory class. Therefore, scoring lower than an advantaged student. Their lower scores might negatively affect their chance of getting into the college of their choice or ruin their chance of receiving a scholarship they and their family might have depended on. Another example a student may struggle with is having English as their second language. Students who speak English as their second language usually take the SAT before they are completely fluent in the language. Timed tests like the SAT are harder for them to complete in such a limited amount of time. It is difficult for them to read at the same pace compared to a fluent English speaker in the same amount of time. The tests also include tough words that might not be in the student's vocabulary (Disadvantages of
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Heins 4 Standardized Tests). Students who take the SAT having less experience with English are disadvantaged compared to other articulate students. Students are not alone when they feel frustration towards the common core standards. Many parents undergo similar struggles with the system much like their children do. An average of 46.5% of parents who attempt to help their children with their homework does not apprehend the material given (Reid). The system set up to teach students has changed so much since the student's parents went to school, that the way their parents have learned is often the "wrong" way of doing things. Because their parents are considered helpless, students are left feeling frustrated and lost. The common core standards require parents to be more involved in their child's education. The system is set up in a way that requires students to need the help and support of
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  • Fall '17
  • Stephanie Eberhard
  • Standardized test, Lindsay Heins

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