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Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?


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  • -2 +5 -7 Bryant AC Oct. 3, 2014
    "I agree that Standardized testing improves education in America. "Standardized testing is an adequate way of measuring student achievement. It is not subjective like how some teachers grade and is a better way to show ability of a student.""
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  • -3 +5 -8 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "It's better because...it proves that you can use learned information in a real world to solve problems.
    Standardized testing shows that you can count.
    The new method, shows that you can do math, understand what it all means, and apply math to solve problems.
    Multiple choice shows that you can make a good, quick picks. Shows clearly what you really know in each subject. Think ahead, robots and computers are everywhere."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Nickie Apr. 10, 2014
    "I believe that standardized testing is a necessary evil. They are crucial in seeing if a teacher is actually teaching and if students are actually learning. With that being said, I don't not believe that so much of a weight should be placed on it. Schools shouldn't be closed and teachers shouldn't be fired unless certain aspects of the problem get investigated:
    Are there high rates of children living in poverty going to that school?
    Are there high rates of children in the school with disabilities?
    Are there high rates of children within the school that have English as a second language?"
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  • -8 +7 -15 j.u.v Apr. 15, 2014
    "Yes and no, i think it just counts on what you get on your test but to me I think that it does because i study real hard for test but when i get something wrong at least i know what i did wrong. And you learn from your mistakes"
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  • -9 +4 -13 Jatianna Johnson Apr. 23, 2014
    "I am a pro because why waste so much money on tests in Texas the use about $ 88 billion dollars on some test what a waste of money why waste when you can use that money for something useful then for some test that punishes student use it on charity then on a test for each state what is that that's just wasting money for a test we should use it for something useful you know what im talking about so im a pro not a con why waste money use it!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Peyton May. 19, 2014
      "I think this is a "con" comment."
  • -20 +4 -24 Mekenzie Mar. 3, 2014
    "It can help teachers figure out what they should go over next year so that the students can go on with the school year and understand what they learn."
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    • +1 +1 0 Julie Messerer Apr. 22, 2014
      "In other words, "teaching to the test." A student at a local school was taking a test which had ornithological questions (feeding habits about birds). The students were told that they absolutely could not ask for help during test time. The student raised his hand & told the teacher that he could not complete the test. When asked why, he said, "We didn't learn about birds in our class."

      It used to be required to know the multiplication tables before a student could pass 5th grade. My daughter (who is now 21) didn't know hers & was moved on to the 6th grade. I asked her teacher about this & he said, "If it isn't on the test, it's not covered in the classroom." Students are getting ripped off in education when this happens!"
  • -22 +16 -38 Dave Jun. 14, 2013
    "I had a hard time with this one because I see both sides. I don't agree with the way the testing is being handled but standard testing is necessary. When I moved form California to Texas after the 3rd grade, I was a full year behind in math. Texas taught multiplication/division is 3rd grade, California did not teach this until fourth grade. I had to struggle to catch up. I had been an EASY all A student in California. In Texas, my grades slipped a lot and I never fully recovered. I never had to try my first four years in school so I resisted the need to put forth more effort when I needed to in Texas. If we had standard testing back then, I may have had better grades all the way through high school. On another note, no one has seemed to notice the root of why the USA does not do as well as other countries. No amount of money thrown into the school system will fix the problem. Its been tried over and over and proven to fail. The root issue is with the way kids think. The way they perceive the world. Smart kids are made fun of. Kids that don't do well in school are 'cool'. The media reinforces this attitude every day. I remember getting a A on a test and telling my friends that I got a C so they would not make fun of me. "Schoolboy""
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    • +2 +2 0 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "I see your point. I went to one school for kindergarten, and another for first grade. My problem was opposite your's though. What I learned in kindergarten, they were learning in first grade. Let me tell you, I'm in 7th grade, and I don't agree with what you said about grades and being cool. There's a kid that failed 7th grade, so is now my grade, and he only has about three kids that like him. I skipped the second half of first grade right into second and i'm in gifted, and i have at least half the grade is my friend. You have about the only good "Pro" i've heard so far, though. good job."
    • 0 0 0 Julie Messerer Apr. 22, 2014
      "We used to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills when I was growing up. Nothing wrong with it. I agree that states need to have a set standard when it comes to grade requirements (all states should have the same materials taught in the same grades--what a child learns in 2nd grade in WA will be the same thing a child learns in the other states, etc.). Growing up, if we didn't know our multiplication tables by 5th grade, we didn't move up to 6th. Not the case any more. I asked my daughter's teacher why she didn't know her multiplication tables & the teacher told me (verbatim): "If it's not on the test, it's not covered in the classroom." Considering that multiplication is ESSENTIAL to real-world activities, I'd say that it should be covered whether or not it on the lousy test!

      We need to get back to actually teaching our kids the Original 3 R's of education, not teaching to some ridiculous test system which fails them all!"
  • -22 +52 -74 Tosh Nov. 10, 2012
    "Yes. Measuring basic ability like reading, writing and thinking by standardized test is good for teachers and students. By which we are able to know our strong points and weak points. The real problem is sometimes the measure itself (in this case the SCORE itself) becomes the purpose, or even the goal. We have to admit the diversity of intelligence. For example we can use a one-on-one interview as the way to measure communication skills as the secondary test. We use PC even if we have i-phone. So the thing is we can maintain standardized tests to some extent. But at the same time we can develop the structure of the test. Therefore I am for standardized tests."
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    • +2 +2 0 dt Nov. 25, 2012
      "what about speaking and doing: in esl, one can pass a test on banking, but can still find it problamatic to open a bank account and mail a check in a foreign land. Thus, i've always forced students to "do" as a form of homework/ class participation through survey reports, debates, etc...after "doing"."
    • +1 +2 -1 CON! Dec. 17, 2012
      "There are better ways to measure how well children are doing; by using assessments, we can measure how well children are doing in other skills besides reading, writing and math. Schools is not just for academics, its for shaping children to be good citizens and get good jobs and higher education.
      Also, standardized test are the same for all students-this is unfair. Some students have disabilities, some can read english, and not every child has the same learning experience."
  • -25 +15 -40 Brian Jun. 26, 2013
    "At first I really go against Standardized Testing, but now after a few year attending college I have to go Pro on this. In college I've learnt something that no one point out for me when I was in high school. One of my instructor from Berkeley say that "Blamed not the teacher but yourself first".We still have some kid, who come from a working class family, went to "lowest, bad, .... " schools and having taught by "..." teachers yet he still end up in one of the best University. That's what we should think about first before we blame the teachers or the test. The simplest example would be how American students nowadays see school as a playground rather than an education place, and majority not all of them do not take school seriously (study a day before test and hope that the test will cover what they've just a day before)"
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  • -25 +13 -38 Mandy Jun. 11, 2013
    "I have to be pro, because is there any other way to examine students on a large scale? Schools are all so diverse, I feel as this is the only way (although very far from perfect)!"
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  • -25 +29 -54 dt Nov. 25, 2012
    "It seems to have worked for all of my students in Asia whom now have begun their international studies with obvious advantages over the typical American student; for trinity; sat; gre; gmat, and other such tests, one need not teach the test, but provide suplimentarry lessons that use all four types of learners' preferances..."
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    • +3 +3 0 k3g Apr. 2, 2013
      "Asian students test at the age of 11 to determine if they go on to college education or not. Those that do not pass must make other choices that no 11 year old should. Ask any Asian parent why they were pushed so hard as a child."
  • -26 +26 -52 Warren Sep. 2, 2013
    "My 1st grade daughter came home from school in tears because the teacher would not let her take home a 3rd grade book to read. The teacher said it might damage her self esteem. I took her to the local library got her a card. She became a very good reader. At age 10, as a lark, I let her take the college ACT. She scored a composite 26, reading and English were in the low 30's math and science mid teens. The standardized test told me she could learn math if given the chance. I enrolled her at the local community college for Algebra at age 10, it took a civil rights complaint to do it. She got an "A" in the class, Algebra II was next another "A". I had her take the ACT again at age 11, this time she scored a composite 30, math score mid 20's. She went on, College Algebra,Trig, Geomentry, Calc I before age 12. She entered high school at age 12 her Freshman math class was AP Calc. She graduated at age 15, with Calc II & Calc III from the local University, 108 college credits and a composite ACT of 35. She missed two story book math problems to keep her from a perfect ACT 36. She entered college as a second semester Sophomore on full ride. Her self esteem wasn't damaged, standardized testing made it all possible."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Eli Oct. 14, 2013
      "I would say your daughter's success has more to do with your dedication as a parent than with standardized tests. The ACT and SAT are indeed standardized tests, but they are college entrance exams outside the realm of the No Child Left Behind Act. Kudos for giving your kid the opportunity to challenge herself."
    • +6 +8 -2 ka Oct. 9, 2013
      "What ever happened to letting a kid be a kid? Children should not be so advanced... they need to be little for a while. It goes by too quickly anyway."
    • +5 +6 -1 Ciara Oct. 28, 2013
      "I'm glad that your daughter was able to complete what she did, but not everyone is like that. Your situation has more to do with you supporting her the whole way than standardized testing. Yes, testing may have taken a role in her advancement, but it also includes you helping her, supporting her, and possibly pushing her to go so far. I can understand that her self esteem wasn't damaged, and why should it be? She's very clearly an intelligent girl, but not everyone is so lucky."
    • 0 +1 -1 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "I agree 100% with Eli"
  • -32 +18 -50 Courtney Apr. 15, 2013
    "Standardized testing is an adequate way of measuring student achievement. It is not subjective like how some teachers grade and is a better way to show ability of a student."
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    • +1 +1 0 Maria May. 23, 2013
      "While this is true in theory, and is ultimately the reason why schools employ standardized testing, it is not true in practice. First, many students (ESL, special needs, students from low-resource school districts) are often pitted against kids from wealthier, better-resourced districts in a state. Funding, grants--basically money-- goes to schools with the best test scores; so basically, you're giving money to the wealthier communities that don't really need it. So, standardized testing is inherently biased and therefore subjective. Second, as a measure of student achievement, standardized tests have not held their own in terms of reporting higher rates of student success all around. Teachers are often forced to teach the same mindless and overly simplistic problems again and again and 'teach to the test' when more innovative, interesting, and engaging ways of teaching are left by the wayside. Students suffer because their entire class days are spent with this meaningless information and they do not develop an excitement and love of learning and therefore, might not consider education and school as a likable option when they grow older and do have the choice to decide."
  • -33 +12 -45 Scott Jun. 26, 2013
    "Because they actually find out what a student knows. I'm so tired of hearing "I'm a bad test taker!" You mean "I don't know the answers.""
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    • -1 0 -1 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "I'm in 7th grade and have never heard anyone say that in their life until today. AND-i do worse on tests like these than normal school tests"
  • -41 +15 -56 terri Apr. 7, 2013
    "I think it is necessary to keep teachers in line and hold them accountable for the job we pay them for. Before, they would send the work home for parents to deal with. I think they are complaining because they actually have to account for their failure rate and acually help struggling students get it. They dont like this because it is more work for them and might cause them a little more stress. The kids deserve to learn the basics of reading, writing and math no matter how hard it may be for them, and teachers need to account for these basic fundamentals. After all, they chose to be teachers and they make better money than blue collar workers. Im tired of their complaining about how hard it is for them and their students. And shame on those who cheat their students out of an education to get bonuses and admiration! You deserve to get your teaching certificates revoked indefinatly."
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    • +2 +2 0 leah Jan. 12, 2014
      "i agree to some extent. teachers SHOULD be held accountable to teach the curriculum for which they were hired, however, it is an almost impossible task. so many of our classrooms are FULL of students whose parents either couldn't or did not prepare them for kindergarten or reinforce the importance of education and respect for the profession. TOO many kids are passed along year after year and then hit high school without basic skills. Throw together highly unmotivated kids, with learning disability kids, with below grade level kids, with highly motivated and gifted kids and with average kids and you have a total mess. Teachers are people, not miracle workers! Many parents need to learn how to parent and support education and their kids."
  • -85 +15 -100 Jen Nov. 24, 2012
    "Because students need to sucess in every way"
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  • +131 +165 -34 Mary Flowers Oct. 9, 2012
    "I am "Con" because, as a middle school teacher, I have seen the drive for high standardized test scores as the ONLY measure of a student's and a school's success completely change the way I teach, and not because I am using "best practices." Before NCLB, most of my teaching was focused on authentic, real-world projects. I had time to teach. Now, because I teach in a "low-performing" school, I am forced to actually teach to the test. I must give weekly standardized tests and reteach until my students can pass these tests. I must simultaneously teach the next set of standardized test skills. We are currently 9 weeks into the school year and, besides these weekly multiple choice tests, I have given five district-wide standardized tests to my students. I no longer have time for real-world or authentic projects. I only have time to teach to the test, test, and reteach to the test. My students are becoming excellent multiple-choice test takers, but they cannot actually apply these skills in any real-world situations. I teach 6th grade Reading and Language Arts, and the majority of my students actually function at about the 3rd grade level if given a real-world task. They cannot read or write. They can only bubble in answer sheets."
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    • +5 +5 0 Samantha Andrews Apr. 14, 2014
      "I love everything about this comment because it is so undeniablly true. I am a high school student with neices and nephews in middle school over here in Washington, and the tremendous stress i see them undergoing is overwhelming. Little do they know it get ten times harder. Having standardized testing ambolished from government officials commanding power."
    • +1 +3 -2 ???? ??????? ?????-? Feb. 2, 2014
      "Honey, I hear ya. It is a joke and completely useless"
    • -13 +2 -15 Terri Apr. 7, 2013
      "sounds to me like you have been passed the problem to deal with. these kids should already know the basics of reading and math. Hopefully the test will keep teachers from passing the problem and actually fail a student until they are at a grade level they can understand."
  • +71 +95 -24 Jim K Oct. 15, 2012
    "1) You cannot test quality into a product. In other words, quality improvement cannot just come from testing. Testing for school recognition and not child improvement is wrong.
    2) Tests are limited as to what they can evaluate. Math; certainly, reading; to a degree, science; somewhat, writing; not without difficulty, creativity; no, music; somewhat, art; somewhat, the whole person; not at all.
    3) All children are lumped together as if they are all the same, at the same learning level, come from the same background, have breakfast every morning and can be be improved using the same method.
    4) Testing takes away from class time and costs money that doesn't need to be spent."
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  • +52 +78 -26 Daniel Sep. 27, 2012
    "I just don't feel that standardized tests are a very good way to measure how good a school is, or how effective the teachers are. So much of what determines how well a student will do on these tests is stuff like how the child was raised. There's only so much a teacher can do to improve his/her students' scores.

    Also, I read in Freakonomics that a lot of teachers cheat and change their students' answers when they know that their pay is going to be based on the performance of their students. So we may not be getting accurate results anyway.

    Finally, I don't feel that these tests should be stressed so much because they don't really give an accurate depiction of many necessary skills that students should learn. I got a 35 on the Math section of my ACT, yet a lot of people with lower ACT scores did MUCH better than me in my high school pre-calc and calc classes. Sure I could do the most basic problems better than most, but if I don't have the skills required to solve the kinds of problems that are less formulaic and involve more critical thinking, then I can kiss any hope of majoring in Mathematics good-bye.

    So while I can sympathize with the need people feel to incentivize good teaching skills, this may not be the best way."
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    • +6 +6 0 Andrew Sep. 28, 2012
      "A well-reasoned contribution, Daniel! The spirit of invention that has figured so prominently in United States history, it seems to me, is the antithesis of the "pick one of four" skills measured on standardized tests. It's frightening to see the massive amount of time teachers and students are spending on this whole process in recent years. The lack of mass standardized testing didn't seem to hamper our innovative ancestors."
  • +46 +64 -18 Meg E Oct. 31, 2012
    "One or two Standardized tests are fine, but we use them way too much. It is an incentive for cheating with teachers, and an emotionally stressful experience for everyone. Every person id different, so they should be tested according to their personal skills, not to government standards. NCLB causes schools to go to desperate measures to meet a standard that shouldn't have been set in the first place. My school uses standardized testing all the time, and I hate it. Not because I'm lazy, or don't want to do the work, or don't know the material, but because it stifles classroom creativity, and I don't feel likeI am giving a true measure of my full potential."
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    • +2 +2 0 kg3 Apr. 3, 2013
      "Wise words from young minds! At least the testing has not dulled your ability to properly express yourself. Well done and thumbs way up!"
  • +43 +65 -22 Erin Gwaltney Nov. 4, 2012
    "I am Con because, as a student, I am drilled with "this will be on the test" information. When I ask my teachers a question that pertains to the subject, but is not on the test, my question often times goes unanswered. Standarized tests are what I am taught to take. When I am taught, I am even told what percentage of the test the material I am learning will be. Colleges look at all of these standarized tests with all of these different scores and scoring methods and they cannot easily compare how well a student did on one test compared to another. I am thoroughly against any and all standarized tests. I am even writing a research paper on the disadvantages they provide. I am also, in conjunction with the paper, performing a survey at my school to find how many students actually benefit from being "taught to the test". When I read the "Pros" on this site, I wanted to scream at how stupid the information was. I am frustrated to the core at how someone could possibly think that a standardized test is a way to run education. My younger sister stressed about standarized tests in KINDERGARTEN! That is not how our education systems should be run..

    I also laughed a little at the fact that there are no Pro comments..."
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  • +39 +53 -14 Student Dec. 17, 2012
    "I am con because as a middle schooler I was subjected to taking the keystone exams which determine if I am eligible to graduate from high school. A lot of pressure for someone who isn't even in high school."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Rachel May. 16, 2013
      "i agree with you i would of flipped on that school."
  • +36 +42 -6 S.wright Apr. 26, 2013
    "These test are only causing kids to overly stress out. I've seen kids get pulled out because of headaches and throwing up. Teacher are teaching the test and placing added pressure to the kids because what the test represents to them and about them. This has become so bad as teachers and other school official are choosing to either label the kids or cheat to get the outcome they wish to have so that the school get a good grade, which equate to more money. When are we going to stop this madness? And get back to teaching the basics. We want teacher that love teaching so that our kids can feel like school is fun not just a military school environment. This is not helping our kids or teachers."
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  • +32 +38 -6 Jaivir Baweja May. 4, 2013
    "With standardized testing, we are putting the creativity of our students in the trash, due to "skill and drill" and memorization practices. They are unfair, favoring the rich and do not keep up with what is known about learning today. In other words, a huge NO and they must be banned ASAP!"
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  • +27 +41 -14 Alek J. Hidell Dec. 25, 2012
    "It's a no for me. I think that most schools, when subject to standardized testing, will simply teach to the test (i.e. not teach at all!) Besides that, as has already been pointed out by another user, tests are limited in the amount they can measure. I mean, how do you evaluate a piece of art? A song? The rationale for standardized testing is that it ensures weaker students don't get left behind. On the contrary, I think it is actually detrimental to them as the 'weaker' students either get more time and attention, which demeans them and looks unfair to other students, or they get picked on by teachers and classmates, which puts them off learning and defeats the whole purpose of testing. The final point I'd like to make is that these tests don't just overlook other abilities, they repress them. Even in a class where you are not taught solely for the test, the pressure on the teachers causes them to repress other, higher-level stuff and often unorthodox, but correct ways of thinking about stuff are repressed. Take it from me-coming from a class where some people play to the tests and some people actually attempt to learn, the teachers pick the side of the test preppers."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "As a 12 year old in Algebra 1, may I tell you how many times I've heard my teacher say, "Okay, this next lesson we are learning simply because of the PSSAs, and you will not need to know this ever again."

      (PSSA=Pennsylvania State System Assessment)"
  • +24 +41 -17 Margot Dec. 6, 2012
    "I am con because as a student myself I see teachers focus their teachings strictly towards what is on standardized tests. We are rarely taught about real world situations, which will help us more later in life than our scores on standardized tests."
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  • +22 +27 -5 Schir May. 22, 2013
    "The Pro side is not only repeating its own arguments, but also relying heavily on opinion. While the Pro may have several valid points, the fact remains that the USA's placement in the world has slipped from 18th to 31st. This is over an 11-12 year period, beginning around the time that Bush mandated the policy. State-mandated tests are often poorly-written and divorced from the content learned by the students. Tests are often several levels below where they should be, in a vain attempt to get that ever-elusive '100%' proficiency rate so desired by George W. Bush."
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  • +20 +25 -5 Peter Jul. 1, 2013
    "I am a recent high school graduate who had to go through the whole college process. I went to a private school where it was the norm to sign up for extensive standardized testing prep classes. I know kids who spent thousands of dollars to get their scores up. To me, it would seem that this puts kids who don't have the money for these classes at an extreme disadvantage. I know kids who went up several hundred points because of these classes. With the competitive college admission process, those couple hundred points matter in both scholarships and college placement. These tests, to me, would seem to widen the achievement gap between the rich and the poor.

    I know that generally people who do better on the SAT or ACT do better in college, but I don't think that these prep classes are making a difference in college performance. Thus, the difference between the original score and the score after a prep class is meaningless to college performance, but makes a great deal of difference in the college process.

    I realize I might be young and ignorant to some aspects of the issue, but this is my view."
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  • +18 +21 -3 Mary Sep. 30, 2013
    "Sending notices home to Kindergarten parents stating "Your child is below benchmark is likely to fail third grade." So now the tests have played God and failed a child four years from now.... By the way, I do find it interesting that the teacher sends home a note of how awesome the child is doing and the next week the child fails a standarized test.... Ban these Tests your using OUR FUTURE as a test dummy for testing.... Shame On America..........."
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  • +17 +26 -9 Abby Apr. 17, 2013
    "I don't want to be a statistic compared to everyone else, I went to school to learn, and expand my knowledge, not learn based off a standard set by the state. I want to learn things off the cuff, and miss having a different and dynamic teacher every year. Now teachers have to teach you based off standard not to what they feel is important. Plus they are using you just to rank your school, I don't want to learn to be ranked as a school, I want to learn to be a better person. At the high school I went to, they would give us goal sheets every year and make us make a goal based off our previous test score, which made no sense. I got almost a perfect on World History... they expected 100% in US history... they aren't the same, I do good in geometry, they expect that in Algebra II, it's not the same... How about the fact they don't test you on Trig in your trig class, they test you on previous math? Standardized testing as opened the gates for EDI, a method of teaching that emphasizes repeating until it's understood, there's only 180 days of high school, I've had times where things weren't covered for their precious tests, and was left to guess because they took too long to teach something else."
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  • +16 +26 -10 k3g Apr. 2, 2013
    "The US has one of the highest rates of anxiety and ADHD in the world.ADHD or anxiety-which came first?After 12 years in the Texas public education system,I realize why my children(all A/B students)struggle with anxiety-State Testing.The pressure the district,teachers&students put on each other is insane.We lived in the UK for 9 years and they have school testing but it is to determine if the school and administrators are meeting the educational needs(and government curriculum)of students.My daughter,now a senior in one of the top 10 high schools in Texas,did not pass the 8th grade TAKS Math by 1 question-she was making a C+ that year(her 'lowest' grade)and when she was informed of her "no pass",she was a wreck because of the "no promotion" rule.The school worked with us and we made it clear that students passing should not be held back because of 1 test result,they agreed.14 days this academic year of testing.This number does not include district assessment and end of course(STAAR)for high schools and final exams.Don't forget the Iowa test too!Enough is enough.Spend more time teaching and less testing.Hire and pay good teachers well and let them teach.State Testing?Sure but test the school-good teachers have nothing to hide."
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  • +14 +24 -10 Mel Apr. 22, 2013
    "I'm CON for several reasons. Most importantly because they don't measure intelligence. Intelligence cannot be measured using ANY standardized test. My son is smarter than I am in math and yet I out test him significantly (because I'm a better test taker, not because I'm smarter). Additionally, when I took the stupid tests in school, I simply filled in the bubbles to make a picture (up until placement testing in math for college). Kids do not have the neuronal connections to give a crap about a test like this. Not only do most not have the capacity to care but even most of those that have some capacity to care simply don't. Kids live for the moment. The brain isn't even fully maturated until 21 and then is still not done creating new connections until 25. It's a waste of money and doesn't show ANYTHING (unless you're comparing pictures kids can make using the bubbles ;) ). I am also highly concerned about how schools have become sites for learning how to take these tests and that's almost it. Actual learning has been thrown out the window. Music and art programs have almost been entirely eliminated.... music is proven to help kids learn better; where's the push for more music?"
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  • +13 +26 -13 Klair Dec. 17, 2012
    "Due to standardized test, schools are taking time away from student's time to explore their interest in the art, music, photography, cooking, wood shop, automotive, etc. They are also taking away time from P.E classes and recess to focus more on the academics. Studies have shown that by decreasing time in other classes (or completely eliminating them) has not shown any increase in test scores, in fact, increasing time for recess or classes like P.E. have increase student's scores because physical exercise releases chemicals in the body that actually help memory and allow children to do better on test scores. Also by cutting out other classes to teach to the test does not allow time for students to focus on their interests that can help them aide in there college or career choices. It also has children sitting in desks for 8 hours a day and so children don't have the chance to move which is just helping our obesity problem!"
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  • +10 +12 -2 Diana Oct. 19, 2013
    "The use of standardized testing promotes students to learn "test taking skills" which do not help in the real world. As a former graduate nursing student and a kinethetic, right-brained dominant learner and thinker, I found the testing part of nursing school quite challenging. I had a few friends who barely studied for these multiple choice, standardized tests, yet had "test-taking skills" and would receive good grades on these exams. I was the type of student who could always narrow down my choices to two answers with valid reasons for my selections. This refers to the concept of divergent thinking. In a clinical setting, test taking skills do not help, divergent thinking does. In a clinical setting, I am one of the best. I learn from hands-on tasks and can come up with innovative and creative solutions that physicians, nurses and other staff members respect and utilize. I know that my grades have never reflected my true knowledge. I know that our current education system is benefitting some people; but killing the creative souls who have a lot to offer to the professional world. There is something truly wrong with a system that fights to zap creativity and force everyone into the same type of thinking. This has to change."
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    • 0 0 0 Ciara Oct. 28, 2013
      "I agree. When it comes to multiple choice tests, it's not very hard to use the process of elimination and rule out the answers that clearly don't answer the question. However, that kind of skill does not help in any real-world situation. If students are to be properly prepared for the world they will come to meet, they need to understand the difficulties and struggles they will face. It's not all just black and white; one cannot just fill in a bubble and go on their merry way. There has to be a better way to assess the knowledge of a student."
  • +10 +13 -3 Rachael Sep. 27, 2013
    "standardized testing is an absolute joke, as a high school perspective we all know the pre test we are taking at the beginning of the year is too see progress so why wouldn't we want to do bad then do good at the post test. also we know it effects out teachers so how fair is it to let students purposely jeopardize there jobs by doing bad."
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  • +10 +15 -5 bonbon Sep. 23, 2013
    "WELL I HATE TESTS AND IF I MISS A CERTAIN NUMBER IT CAN LOWER MY WHOLE GRADE. I MEAN I COULD MAKE A 100 ON EVERY STINKIN TEST AND AT THE END FAIL MY STANDERIZED TEST AND HAVE TO RETAKE THAT CLASS! WHY DOES THE WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR COUNT ON ONE BIG TEST AT THE END OF THE YEAR? I HATE THAT. WE SHOULD BE JUDGED BY ALL OF OUR WORK THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. JEEZ. epar out."
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  • +10 +18 -8 og May. 9, 2013
    "Im with the con side because what happens if a student speaks a different language instead of english as their first language and the test is in english. What happens then?"
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  • +10 +19 -9 Whitney Daulton Apr. 8, 2013
    "I'm a con because I have seen the drive for high standardized test scores as the ONLY measure of a student's and a school's success completely change the way a Teacher teaches , and not because they are using "best practices."
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  • +10 +20 -10 Alex B. Apr. 2, 2013
    "Standardized test are not as important to the students but it is to show how well the schools have taught the students. For example, lets say Timmy was taught by a not so good teacher and didn't do good on a standardized test. Who does this reflect on? Timmy's teacher is to take for the blame. So it just goes to show that standarized test are not improving education but judges the teachers."
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    • 0 0 0 A May. 2, 2013
      "That is kind of the point."
  • +10 +23 -13 Gewy Jan. 10, 2013
    "Standardized testing has several facts against it. A) It forces teachers to teach to a test instead of teaching things that are interesting. B) Some students do not test well. C) Standardized testing is a respected institution because of No Child Left Behind. Everyone is expected to be on a certain level, and if they aren't, they are held back."
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  • +10 +30 -20 Elijah Johnson Nov. 8, 2012
    "I believe that these tests dont help a thing when it comes to education. When they tell us about these tests, the teachers stress us out about how if we dont pass it, then they wont get their bonus or how we,ll drop out of school. But when they tell us this, it makes the students not think straight, therefore we fail or score low. As a result, we have to learn things we already know, which takes up space for learning something new."
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    • -3 0 -3 dt Nov. 25, 2012
      "I guess the best teachers with US citizenship are teaching overseas; we call it volunteering, and are very happy if in return for university placement, we recieve beer. Perhaps, you should try studying in China, or remind your teacher that they can be easily replaced by khan acadamy, mit, and the like...there's better money waiting tables, but one doesn't get the same returns on investment of their time. It sounds as if you'd be better of with a tablet watching harvard on youtube."
  • +10 +28 -18 Nicole Gordon Oct. 30, 2012
    "Homeschoolers are required to take these tests too. Homeschooling parents are the ones who teach their children, so they know exactaly how their children are doing, and these tests are just a waste of time and money for them."
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  • +9 +13 -4 Sean Sep. 24, 2013
    "As a teacher I am against any assessment that is a one-time measuring stick of a student's abilities. We get to take a driver's test more than once so why does a student only get one shot per year to demonstrate their knowledge. Furthermore, students do not take state-wide testing seriously if there is no consequence to whether or not they do well on the test. Meanwhile, teachers suffer the consequence and get labelled as bad teachers if students do poorly on a once a year test. In my opinion these tests are not a representation of teaching, student knowledge, or the purpose of education."
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  • +9 +12 -3 Elizabeth Kofsky Sep. 16, 2013
    "I am against standardized testing because of how it causes teachers to "teach to the test" and constrict the curriculum."
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  • +8 +8 0 Jon smith Jan. 20, 2014
    "I'm in 7th grade and I'm doing research on this stuff and I absolutely am CON a big test at end of the year why not multiple through out the school year I mean come on right?!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "Jon, I'm in 7th grade too and i absolutely dispise of them too. BUT- I'm making a move by writing to important people. It seems like you're just saying, "i dislike them." in other words- WHY?!"
  • +8 +9 -1 Emily Nov. 29, 2013
    "As a junior in high school I've been taught every year, since 3rd grade, for a standardized test(TAKS, and now STAR).I find these test ridicules because it hasn't prepared me for the tests I need to pass to be accepted to my preferred colleges. I took the SAT honestly confused by some of the in depth questions that required a deeper thinking. When I got done with that test all I wanted to do was berate the person who enacted these tests that robbed me of valuable class time. Class time that could have been used for college, and even SAT, ACT prep. I honestly feel cheated by a system thats supposed to prepare me for a higher education. Maybe instead of teaching intermediate and middle schoolers how to bubble in answers and teaching to the test we should instead make sure our students have a solid base in reading and math and are able to think beyond the test."
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  • +8 +11 -3 Ciara Oct. 28, 2013
    "Being a student myself, I know that testing does not help me. I "learn" the material and remember it long enough to regurgitate it on a test and then move on. All I am doing is brainwashing myself. Besides that, I have test anxiety so I don't do as well as I should. Many of you may say, "Study and you have nothing to worry about." Again, this is just brainwashing. Albert Einstein said: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." So, if I'm a genius, why am I being forced to take a test that may or may not "determine" how smart I am? The person next to me could easily be able to take a test and not struggle, while I sit there and slog through the questions. It's been proven that standardized testing is having NO EFFECT on the improvement of education, so WHY is it still mandated? Because of an act passed 10 years ago? Psh. Please. It's because no one wants to admit that it isn't helping."
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  • +7 +7 0 lexi Mar. 15, 2014
    "it develops anxiety in students, which hinders test performance."
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  • +7 +7 0 Tom Mar. 10, 2014
    "I am a 5th grade special education teacher in Illinois. I am CON. I have observed my students time and again become frustrated to the point of tears when faced with standardized testing. Standardized tests encroach into instructional time which can be better used to teach subjects of importance to the students I serve. Assessments have their place, but they should be relevant and appropriate for the student population being assessed."
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  • +7 +7 0 Michelangelo Jan. 29, 2014
    "Standardized testing is a waste of time, and schools spend so much time preparing for it before hand, and doing drills, that so much time is wasted. Our school is currently doing practice Standardized Tests months before our states test (TCAP). So much time is wasted doing "TCAP bootcamp" and drilling us on the same useless garbage that they have been for the last 7 years of my life. Thos are only my personal opinions; I could go on forever listing factual reasons why standardized tests should be abolished, but I'll stop with only my personal opinions exhibited. I have my opinions, and I respect yours if you support standardized testing, but you are still completely wrong."
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  • +7 +17 -10 Bradley Apr. 24, 2013
    "Schools spend many weeks preparing for these test when they should be teaching the kids things that are actually important to learn"
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  • +7 +25 -18 Randy Oct. 31, 2012
    "Standardized testing bites.. I have worked with people just out of high school that can not cut any thing 3 3/4 they can't read a ruler.. Go to any store and if the computer was down they cannot count you change back...that's just a small part of it there is so much more..."
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    • 0 0 0 dt Nov. 25, 2012
      "if a student lacks proficiency in a skill, ever think about teaching."
  • +6 +8 -2 c Feb. 22, 2014
    "I am a student, and have testing anxiety. I know how smart I am and when I take the standardized tests, they just make me feel dumb, becuase they do not show my strenghts."
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  • +6 +9 -3 Kyle Edwards Nov. 10, 2013
    "I'm against standardized testing (not every single test, but the myriad of test students these days take) because I believe they make teachers conform and "teach to the test" rather than foster creativity for higher learning."
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  • +6 +9 -3 Elena Nov. 5, 2013
    "Every student is different, not all are great test takers. More well funded schools receive a better education than those in under funded schools, therefore scores will be different. When a school receives lower scores than what is expected the government steps in and takes over operations, leaving the school little room to make decisions independently."
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  • +6 +16 -10 Alex Apr. 22, 2013
    "i dont like standertized testing because its stupid. I hate taking them there for it should not be required to take"
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  • +6 +19 -13 Annoymous Dec. 17, 2012
    "No, because it pressures students and teachers. As far as it get it pressure school board. Over all it all connect and pressure everyone that is connected to the test."
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  • +6 +19 -13 Cameron Maldonado Dec. 13, 2012
    "Not all students are the same there fore no one can have the same improvment"
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  • +5 +5 0 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
    "Oh my gosh, I hate tests. I learn nothing from them. The teachers never get the results back, only the principal who doesn't even care. The students never know how they did. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT NWEA"
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  • +5 +5 0 gavin,10 Mar. 23, 2014
    "i am con because i find them useless to me and my class mates.I also am con because of the stress on me that comes around CRT time"
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  • +5 +5 0 Camron Mar. 18, 2014
    "The ideology behind a standardized test is to provide an over veiw of the nations education, and yes, the occasional test would provide this, but now there are so much tests that teachers are constantly aiming to give you the answers to those questions, the individual facts, in standardized tests, instead of giving a proper education on the general topic, and giving you an intrest to discover your own information in the subject, to actually want to learn more. Instead, it all stops at the known. what was taught to everyone else. because that is all the teachers could teach, so the school doesn't lose funding because the science teacher wanted to say; talk about embriotic stem cells instead of meiosis in second symester. Standardized testing dictates too much of what we learn, instead of what we know."
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  • +5 +5 0 Christi Mar. 17, 2014
    "I have a 2nd and 3rd grader, they are stressign over whether or not they will pass because they are not reading as fast as they are required to, to pass the test. They are not learning basic skills at school, those have to be taught in the evenigns to make up for what is being skipped. The objective has been lost in translation."
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  • +5 +5 0 Sarai Haberlie Mar. 12, 2014
    "I am con because I feel like standardized tests stress a lot of kids out to where they go to extreme's doing whatever it takes to pass and I knew a very close friend who over dosed on over the counter sleeping pills so she could pass and went in to a coma and was in there for a good 6 months before she realized what had happened. So I feel they need to get rid of these tests for the sake of the kids who have to take them because sometimes these tests make kids do really crazy things and no one wants to wake up one morning knowing their child has killed them selves over standardized tests. this is just a girl who has had experience with someone trying to kill themselves because of these tests so I am 100% against standardized testing"
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  • +4 +4 0 bella May. 20, 2014
    "There has to be a better way to measure the performance of students because tests cause a lot of stress. Some students may do well on the tests because they are just great test takers, while other kids may be super bright but tend to get stressed easily."
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    • 0 0 0 Synnove May. 22, 2014
      "Hi there, Bella. I agree that there should be a better way to measure preformance. Take it from me, I have anxiety problems. I'm in the highest classes, too. Thanks!"
  • +4 +5 -1 payden Mar. 10, 2014
    "I am a 5th grade student. I am Con because standardized testing is boring. It makes people grumpy. Tests are important, but standardized tests are dumb to me."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Sue Oct. 28, 2013
    "Standardized testing cannot improve student learning any more than weighing a pig will fatten it!"
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  • +3 +3 0 Jessie May. 5, 2014
    "I an Con because standardized tests do not show a childs full potential. They are not adaptable to the students abilties. They are geared srictly towards left brained children and do not completly engage the right brained or advanced students. The tests are an unfair representation of the inteligence level of a school as a whole. As a kid having ther idea of 'you must know this, it will be on the test' constantly played into your head takes your focus away from what really matters in education."
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  • +3 +3 0 Matt L. A. Apr. 28, 2014
    "I am con because, these tests do not show a school, or anyone who sees the test how the student does on a day to day basis. You might have some kids that do terrific in everday classwork, but they do poorly on standardized testing. Then you have the kids that do poorly in school and they do very good on standardized testing. Also, me being a highschool student, I know me along with many others, get very nervous for these tests. A big part is that the test isn't standard as it so sounds in the name. The tests very from state to state, and private schools take a different test then public schools. for it to be standard, it would have to be a test that everystudent in the US takes pertaining to their grade level."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Bryanne Sullivan Apr. 23, 2014
    "Life is not a standardized test, why are we educating our kids in this manner? My oldest son has learned more through his experiences in Cub Scouts and being able to play and explore than through the standardized teaching. Walking through my son's school during the testing week, the stress level was palpable. The fourth graders looked so harrassed and stressed. Should our kids be that stressed at age 10?! Kids should be able to explore and learn the way kids know best: real world interaction and subjects that interest them. Even though math is widely despised, the subject CAN be be interesting if taught in a more interactive way. Teachers having to teach 30 to 35 wiggly kids to standards is also incredibly stressful. Teachers are not paid enough to deal with the kids who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and other behavioral problems and make sure that ALL students pass the tests, much less learn and remember everything for the next year."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Stevie Wonder Apr. 6, 2014
    "Standardized testing is a great idea, but is being executed by biased tests. Soon, some test will ask, "What is your favorite color?" with a multiple-choice bubble and 3 wrong answers."
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  • +3 +4 -1 kern Apr. 4, 2014
    "students should not be based on a standardized test."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Alicia Apr. 2, 2014
    "Standardized test have done nothing for me, only hindered my progress. I have seen kids just barely pass their classes and do fine on the test so they can graduate. Those kids are more likely to receive financial aid/scholarships if they have higher test scores than those who did well in school and have average or lower scores. Many scholarships ask for a higher testing grade which I don't have. So when it comes to financial aid my options are limited. I have never tested well, but I have made the Deans list and have gotten A's and B's throughout high school. Yet, I can't get into a University right now because of my average score on standardized testing. Standarized test are supposed to help you. For most kids this is just not the case. They need a new system. The schools just teach the test. They don't go over what material you need later in life. It's just the same principles over and over again. We want to improve our students not to make them only think in one way. That is what the test are doing."
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  • +3 +3 0 Mike Granato Apr. 1, 2014
    "Here is the absolute truth. People who advocate for standardized testing are not educators, they are legislators who have no clue on how students learn and retain information.

    What does a test prove? That a student can choose or guess a correct answer by multiple choice or true false question? Or through the writing portion, the ability express their thoughts clearly with as little spelling and grammatical errors as possible?

    In actuality all it does is prove who is better at test taking, It does nothing to prove ones creativity, real world problem solving ability, decision making, critical thinking, or individual strengths.

    Not everyone is college bound and standardized testing is one way of shoving needless information in the face of those whom don't wish to go.

    All students are required to pass? Why, are all students going to become college professors, teachers, historians and other occupations where academics is key? If not why do they need to pass in order to graduate with their classmates?"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Armond Mar. 10, 2014
    "I am a 5th grade student and I am com because it is too long and I hate it I don't get a grade."
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  • +3 +5 -2 dayvion Mar. 10, 2014
    "I am a 5th grade student. I am con because some times it is too hard and I don't get a grade for it so it is a waste of time. Some people might like it but I don't"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Ava Mar. 3, 2014
    "In the United States, kids have a standardized test every year. The problem of yearly state testing should be diminished. To begin, this huge dilemma inflicts stress. In addition, students cannot focus on preparing for finals with the overwhelming shadow of standardized testing. The government doesn't need state tests to ensure that children are being challenged and are learning efficiently. Tests that are made by the state are not necessary to create a healthy campus environment."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Amanda Feb. 28, 2014
    "I believe students construct their own meaning from learning materials. Standardized tests require that education professionals tailor their teaching methods and materials to that which will be presented on the test, hindering critical thinking, and discouraging organic, meaningful learning opportunities."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Sadie MacBossons Feb. 21, 2014
    "I do not think kids should be taking standardized tests. Colleges look at SAT scores, but not scores from the tests students take in 3rd-8th grades. They spend all year preparing for these tests, and learn nothing of importance. These tests are also unfair to the school. The school that does the best gets more money. I think the failing schools should get more money to pay for new books, new supplies, and better teachers."
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  • +3 +7 -4 James Feb. 11, 2014
    "I am "con" because I know what it feels like to be pressed to do so well on these tests. I am a high school student and it feels as if all that we review for is these tests. No teachers seem to care if you actually even learned, they just want you to do well on these tests. Furthermore, there is too much review that takes place a week or so before the tests are scheduled so that means that there's even MORE pressure in addition to finals! The California STAR test needs some serious remodeling..."
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  • +3 +6 -3 czar romanov Feb. 2, 2014
    "AS IF. HA. They think standardizing testing is good? where? Why do we care what Finland thinks of our education system? the reason most european countries have such good education systems is because standardized testing isnt used.

    The common core is actually a joke. When I grew up during the '20's after being forced over here in exile (thanks bolsheviks) everything was by school. I also think the American Education system has absolutely no clue what they are doing. Like common core and standardized testing? hello honey, that was tested by the soviets so no wonder the soviet union collapsed in the 90's. Its proven that it wont work. Its ruining child hood. My great grand daughter who is in kindergarten is stressed out about this. IT IS UNCIVILIZED, BARBARIC AND INHUMANE"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Seth Jan. 28, 2014
    "No be teachers focus way too much on getting their students ready for the STAAR rather than preparing them for their future."
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  • +3 +7 -4 Taylor Dec. 13, 2013
    "I am a con because we have to study alot and not really wanting to learn it because it gets so stressful and everyone gets tired."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Hector Dec. 6, 2013
    "I am a teacher from Chile, and we also suffer taking standardized tests. In Chile we call it SIMCE, and has made lots of damage to our kids. Students spend all year long preparing the SIMCE, instead of learning things that could help them to be good professionals and good people."
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  • +3 +8 -5 montana smith Dec. 5, 2013
    "test tell nothing some people cant take a test to save their lives so why judge them on it"
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  • +3 +17 -14 alakir wardlaw Feb. 6, 2013
    "we care about the test not the scores"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Ann May. 20, 2014
    "I am "Con." Most of the questions are multiple-choice--this doesn't test their actual skills effectively. Also, everything taught during the year has to build up to the test. If the teacher teaches anything that doesn't have to do with the test, and it's considered a waste of time. I mean, when a student hears the word "test," they get all scared."
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  • +2 +7 -5 S.S Oct. 24, 2013
    ""I AM CON" I an a student at rialto middle and standerdized testing helps you with certain skills needed to help you get in to college and to get a good job, but standerdized leaves out certain curriculair activites such as critical thinking, when my litttle sister grows up she want to be a artist, with her in 1st grade she take standerized test that still her away from being that awesome artist she is meant to be. this is why i am against standerdized testing."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Chloe Aug. 20, 2014
    "I believe in standardized educating, not standardized testing."
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  • +1 +2 -1 john May. 31, 2014
    "they cause students stress"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Mike May. 20, 2014
    "Im con because schools dont focus on teaching kids anything anymore except to do good on one single test to make or break you. And not to mention the amount of stress kids go through these days but they don't wanna let you know that. Kids are having stressful days like how middle aged adults get from a day at the office. I sure as hell wont have my kid go to a school that causes stress and focuses on a test to determine if he is smart or not. Geez its no wonder why kids hate school now more than ever. And what if some kid hates taking tests which most students are like that where they dont like the pressure and it makes them sick. There are too many reasons not to have tests than for kids to take them. I think the education system and schools need to change their agendas. I could go on and on all day about this but this pretty much sums up most of it."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Peyton May. 19, 2014
    "I am con because I am an 8th grade student, and I know it is expected for kids like me to hate standardized tests, but I don't like them because they add on unnecessary stress and consume time that could be used for more important things. Also, the content of the tests are totally random. For example, I just took a standardized test in math class, and it had questions about fractions, which I had learned in 5th grade! It also had stuff i had never heard of that looked like high school content! It was annoying and it stressed me out that I would get a bad grade and that would affect the classes I am assigned for freshman year of high school."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Renee May. 17, 2014
    "Standardized tests are a waste of time. They only show that the education system is using the money that it's given. If the test grade went towards the student grade, meaning that they would get point for it, then standardized tests might not get a bad record."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Janie May. 15, 2014
    "Just proof read the comments and you'll quickly see the con side has more intelligent people writing. I don't mean to be so critical but it's really obvious that one side here is using their brains and the other not so much. From spelling mistakes to the way a sentence is put together... you get the point."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Carrie May. 14, 2014
    "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a inadequate name. It is really a disguise for No Child Allowed to Excel.
    Everyone learns in different ways and has a different style of learning. Standardized tests encourage a simplistic way of thinking and suppress creativity and ingenuity. What this world really needs is people who are creative, who have unique approaches when it comes to problem-solving. I don't think it is justified for students to be punished on the basis of having a different learning style than what the tests desire. Like the articles state, standardized testing may teach students to be efficient and taking tests, but that doesn't mean they'll be productive adults. I loved what it said in there about "competent mediocrity". We need people who think out side of the box, and we need to encourage different approaches. Albert Einstein once said "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." I believe this quote accurately displays exactly why standardized testing is an ineffective assessment tool with countless detriments, detriments that far outweigh any feasible benefits."
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  • 0 0 0 Zoey Nov. 25, 2014
    "As a student that takes Standardized test every year. These test put large amounts of stress on students to do well. The fact that many teachers spend large amounts of time preparing students for these test they have less time to teach goals that aren't on the test. Any more most teachers teach the test and cram information into students brains so they do well and have all the information needed to succeed on the test. Teachers are forced to teach the test and reteach information already learned in previous years. Also many students get so stressed over these test that they end up getting sick and are unavailable to take the test. Many school often pressure students to do well so they receive more income from the state. But at what cost. These students are being forced to take test that they don't want to take so that schools receive higher rating in the state and more profit."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Dr. Who Nov. 11, 2014
    "They can cause a lot of stress in students and may produce misconduct in teenagers."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Fatima Oct. 3, 2014
    "I am con because, though standardized test being the same test for everyone, on the test day there might be students who are sick or are not keeping well that day. And because of that they might not pass it or get a good score. This will lower their self confidence and would effect on their education too."
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  • 0 +1 -1 YMG Oct. 3, 2014
    "Standarized testing is not improving education in America. Standardized tests are an unreliable measure of student performance. Research shows that 50-80% of year over year test score improvements were temporary. Using test scores to reward and punish teachers and schools encourages them to cheat the system for their own gain."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Josh Jul. 30, 2014
    "I am also a CON for many of the same reasons listed but what could be the better alternative?

    Thinking back to my high school years and being in advanced placement classes, we went of "test info" a week before we had the test and most of us if not all got commended. But in comparison to our non-AP counterparts who were "taught specific info that will be on the test," many did not do as well.
    My proposal is to stop teaching just to meet minimum requirements and start teaching at a higher and with more projects that resemble "real-life" scenarios so that each student learns the material and experiences creativity as well. Teaching for what the test will be composed of gives the government too much say in what our students should know, thus limiting the creativity of excellent teachers who already had an efficient system prior to NCLB, and making school, just overall, boring.
    This is not what school should be. I believe the passion for learning begins with the teachers but this passion soon disappears when they cannot teach freely and openminded."
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  • 0 +1 -1 David Ross Jun. 3, 2014
    "Schools are increasingly being asked to take on roles parents have traditionally filled. In order for teachers to implement such comprehensive programs, and make them responsible for every bit of learning students need to "ensure" success in the "real" world, we have moved from any hands-on notion of application to the abstract manipulation of symbols and accretion of facts. This makes computer-driven bubble assessments feasible, but no less deplorable. Do we want to standardize students? Of course not. Why not move toward, better yet, replace standardized tests with portfolios? I teach high school ESL. I would urge anyone invested in this issue (i.e. any parent) to speak directly with a teacher. They will describe the debilitating effects of this approach, a system with little to commend to it other than ease of use."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Jason May. 5, 2014
    "No. People who will do bad on normal tests will do bad on standardized test too. People who do average or higher on normal tests will do the same on standardized tests. Therefor making them useless."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Jared Brown May. 2, 2014
    "they are not helpful we were 18th in math in 2000 and in 2009 we went down to 31st in the world"
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    • 0 0 0 Peyton May. 19, 2014
      "yes! This makes me so mad!"
  • 0 +10 -10 casey Oct. 14, 2013
    "standardized testing should not be allowed in school because it stresses students out. Then the stressing would become worse and will create a disease."
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  • -2 +23 -25 Angel Dec. 2, 2012
    "The tests are basing high school graduation in new mexico."
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