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Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?

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  • -3 +1 -4 Allyson May. 25, 2016
    "I think that tests in school are getting worse, and worse and they don't really teach you anything. In the next three slides I will show you why.
    After "No Child Left Behind" passed in 2002, the US slipped from 18th in the world in math program for international students # assessment to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading.
    English learners take tests in English before they have mastered the language.
    English learners take tests in English before they have mastered the language."
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  • -3 +3 -6 earen huing May. 5, 2016
    "i really agree with your pro i have used it for my debate of wheather state tests should not be abolished and i think this really helped prove my case thanks for making these exellent points they have really helped"
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  • -4 +1 -5 eryk voght May. 11, 2016
    "i agree with this side because tests help kids remember what they learned so far in school and helps them get smarter at it."
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  • -6 +1 -7 eryk voght May. 10, 2016
    "testing help kids remember what they learned so far in school"
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  • -6 +3 -9 Brianna Apr. 26, 2016
    "Standardized tests will be every where for the rest of the time you're in school, there is no way to get rid of them. People should get used to it if they want to get into a good college. Students need to learn better time management, get it used to it now before you are struggling to get into a college."
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  • -12 +8 -20 John Burridge Dec. 10, 2015
    "Standardized New York State Regents tested high school graduates were the only US students that went into the regular programs at Ontario universities. (Ontario high schools or "collegiates" are 5-year programs.) All other Americans had to take "remedial" courses. -- Old stuff, I went to Queen's University in the 1950s."
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    • -1 +1 -2 kaden.w Feb. 4, 2016
      "cool man thats nice"
  • -12 +15 -27 steven butler Sep. 4, 2015
    "Standardized testing, for the most part is a positive influence. The tests themselves can be quite intimidating, but if you work hard you will succeed in the long run.
    When you think of a standardized test you think of TAKS or STAAR. There is more to it than that. In fact, your ACT and SAT test are standardized test that can help or hurt your chance to get into your preferred college. I think that testing is improving the education level in america simply because the test holds the students accountable for their education. Basically, if we did not have our test all of our students would most likely just give up or not care about learning at all."
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  • -12 +15 -27 Paige May. 14, 2015

    I think that testing is helping America. One reason is because when a kid does a test its to show the teachers and to see what they have to work on to meet the standards to move on to the next grade. I think testing is making America a smarter place, because if we didn't have tests you would never know what the kid learned or if they meet the standards. That's why I think testing is very important to America's future."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Lyric Jun. 10, 2015
      "Theoretically it's a good idea, and would help the teachers better instruct the students. But that's not the way it works. The teachers, instead of helping the children learn, teach them what they'll need to know for the test and that's it. Be it to get better funding or to keep their job, it still inhibits the childrens' ability to learn. I do agree that is could help the teachers, but it would need some change to make it so that they weren't teaching for the test."
  • -13 +3 -16 Andrea Mar. 25, 2016
    "Standardized testing
    By Andrea
    I think that standardized tests are a good thing to have for schools. Professors create the tests for what the children should know by the end of the year. Present or former teachers create test questions, and finally the people that created the tests look over the questions to make sure that there is no question with more than one answer.
    Professors create the questions for what the children in the grade should know by the and of a school year. They go through each test and make sure that they are reasonable for the grade. They make sure that they are as perfect as they can get them for the test.
    They have present or former teachers create test questions. They know what the children are working on and how well they do with them. They also know that the children will be able to do the test without much stress.
    They will have the test made and checked.
    The final reason why there should be standardized test is they look over the test the test multiple times before they send them out. They look over them to make sure that no questions have more than one answer. They know that the questions are as close to perfect as possible if they do this procedure.
    There should be testing."
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  • -13 +7 -20 kaden.w Feb. 4, 2016
    "i thank test will alow kids to study before the test so tha can get a good grade"
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  • -14 +4 -18 kaden Feb. 4, 2016
    "I thank that Standardized Tests are improving student test in america because kids want to study more so thay can ace the test"
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  • -14 +4 -18 Ashley Flores Dec. 9, 2015
    "Many students like standarized test and we teach them so that it could be fair for them."
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  • -14 +7 -21 Ralph Oct. 24, 2015
    "It is not just if it is done but how. My mother was very smart. The boys in the wrong place on the bell curve got lower grades as a result.These boys had anger against me when i came along. A theory was developed that I would be slow.My first through third grade teacher did not try to teach me much. After fourth grade I was tested to see if I could learn. They said I could and was quite intelligent. It would have been better if I had been tested To start first grade and the tests my mother took had not cost those boys so much."
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  • -14 +36 -50 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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  • -15 +18 -33 davem Mar. 12, 2015
    "I am pro standardized testing to evaluate the academic progress of students and to evaluate what if any changes to current curriculum priorities should be made. I do not think it should be used as a primary or even a secondary tool to evaluate teacher effectiveness. My question to those who oppose standardized testing, how would they suggest student academic progress be measured? One of the comments points out a very valid point in standardized tests and that is without them, each state, indeed each school district can teach at what ever level they decide to teach. Then you have the experience of the student moving from one district to another where their level of academic achievement is above or below the current teaching level in the new district. With standardized tests, every school in every district in every state would have the expectations of academic achievement. That does not mean the same curriculum, nor the same methods but the same level academic progress for every student at each age."
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  • -19 +5 -24 Morgan Nov. 13, 2015
    "I think that standernized testing is great. Even though Students stress, it gives students something to work for."
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  • -19 +26 -45 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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  • -21 +15 -36 Maddy Apr. 20, 2015
    "You know you can opt out of taking the test. How about you put that on your website and finally put something good on it!"
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  • -22 +12 -34 Domaine T Meows Feb. 26, 2015
    "Doing pre-tests is apt because teachers know what to teach their students, it gives a student an idea of what they do and don't know, and the teacher can see if a student is trying their hardest."
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  • -22 +11 -33 abbie Jan. 6, 2015
    "most students can show their knowledge by taking these test. States are required to make sure schools tested make what's called 'Adequate Yearly Progress' each year so that by 2014, 100 percent of students will be labeled proficient.
    so by taking these standardized test will make you're students have more and stronger knowledge. also if some students are needing help you know what they need help with if they don't tell you. this makes your students learn and get the help they need to get were they want to go."
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  • -25 +10 -35 Trish Dec. 8, 2014
    "I think we need to listen more to teachers on this topic. Because from personal experience, those who do better in school do better on standardized tests and vice versa. Every student who's told me they are against it are just too lazy to stupid or slack off and therefor lack in knowledge compared to their peers. I'm an A student in one of the best high schools in American and I did not study for the SAT. I scored a 2110. I think they're a good measure of "intelligence"."
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  • -27 +12 -39 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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    • +1 +1 0 Peyton May. 19, 2014
      "I think this is a "con" comment."
  • -27 +13 -40 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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  • -28 +9 -37 Sarranitti Jan. 6, 2015
    "Teens, and kids can learn more if they study for test. Standardized test can help some people learn more in less time by reviewing for the test and can help the persons grade a lot. one fact is that it helps about 93% of all students, another fact is that. Standardized testing holds teachers and schools accountable. Probably the greatest benefit of standardized testing is that teachers and schools are responsible for teaching their students what they need to know. Last it teaches the students that if you focus on learning and education."
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  • -28 +11 -39 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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  • -31 +28 -59 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!"
  • -36 +11 -47 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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    • +2 +2 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!"
  • -40 +60 -100 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."
  • -41 +19 -60 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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  • -41 +34 -75 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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    • +6 +6 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."
  • -42 +35 -77 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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    • +9 +10 -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."
    • +8 +9 -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."
    • +7 +10 -3 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."
    • +1 +1 0 Brad Mar. 16, 2015
      "every child is a bit different. I had a colleague here at my community college bring his 8th grade graduate daughter direct to college (1400 SAT), many people have many perspectives on if that is a great thing, a good thing- or just a bit of a rush. I don't think it matters that much/ although if she has an interest- exploring that interest in more depth is a great thing. -and that's true for anyone."
    • +1 +2 -1 Sadie Feb. 21, 2014
      "I agree 100% with Eli"
  • -46 +19 -65 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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  • -50 +25 -75 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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    • +4 +4 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."
  • -58 +20 -78 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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    • -3 +1 -4 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"
  • -71 +18 -89 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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    • +4 +5 -1 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."
    • 0 0 0 Nathaniel May. 12, 2016
      "I do agree, but not fully. I'm an 8th grade student. A large amount of students don't take school seriously. A lot of people at my school don't even try. A student in one of my connections would sit there and do nothing for the full hour."
  • -140 +20 -160 Jen Nov. 24, 2012
    "Because students need to sucess in every way"
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  • +30 +37 -7 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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  • +25 +31 -6 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • +19 +24 -5 student Nov. 26, 2014
    "My brain hurts , stop the testing!!!"
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  • +15 +19 -4 lexi Mar. 15, 2014
    "it develops anxiety in students, which hinders test performance."
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  • +15 +20 -5 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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  • +14 +19 -5 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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  • +14 +20 -6 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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  • +14 +17 -3 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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    • +3 +3 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?!"
  • +14 +20 -6 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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  • +13 +19 -6 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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  • +12 +18 -6 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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  • +11 +13 -2 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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  • +10 +11 -1 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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    • +1 +1 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!"
  • +10 +12 -2 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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  • +10 +11 -1 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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  • +9 +10 -1 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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  • +9 +11 -2 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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  • +9 +14 -5 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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  • +9 +14 -5 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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  • +9 +15 -6 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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  • +8 +9 -1 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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  • +8 +10 -2 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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  • +8 +11 -3 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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  • +8 +10 -2 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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  • +8 +9 -1 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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  • +8 +11 -3 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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  • +8 +14 -6 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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  • +7 +8 -1 Kayli Jones Apr. 20, 2015
    "As a student, this is really true. Testing time is always a drag and a hassle. Expesially the smarter balance test they have now. Multiole choice is redundant and annoying. These tests are worth just as much, if not more, than regular grades when it comes to high school."
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  • +7 +8 -1 Marissa Dec. 1, 2014
    "Standardized testing also doesn't all for students who learn differently or see information in a different way to be accurately tested. You cannot compare students who don't perceive information in the same way to others. Bad test taker or not, it seems unlikely that students should be forced to all learn and memorize the same things that they may know but are unable to transfer that information onto a testing platform. As well as the fact that these tests cannot measure how much a student is capable of learning and of real-world thinking. Instead we are force feeding our children all the same information and asking them to move from bubbles and simplicity into the college world. That doesn't make logical sense."
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  • +7 +9 -2 Brenna Nov. 26, 2014
    "I am an eight grade student. recieving all a's every year and even taking the further step in being a role model for our school. Participating in student council and njhs. To me standardized testing is upsetting, and worthless. It has provided many downfalls on its part and very little positive outcomes. Every night i come home stressed and angry. Standardized testing has put me into high level stress. there has been the times when either i or my sister feel like puking. gross but true. Most of the adults taking part in the creation of standardized tests do not have children. Therefor they have not expierenced the stress of young children coming home and crying. standardized testing has shown no improvement on children . Also all the improvement that has made is reported temperary. If you have a student take a standardized test yes they may have a high score , but have them take that same test in a couple months. the score is most likely to decrease. They forget this because of how they learned. Teaching to the test method was used to teach these children. That is basically throwing all that info and having them teach themselves that in a matter of weeks. Teaching to the test has taken the fun and creativity out of learning."
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  • +7 +11 -4 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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  • +7 +11 -4 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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  • +7 +10 -3 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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  • +7 +10 -3 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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  • +7 +12 -5 Sue Oct. 28, 2013
    "Standardized testing cannot improve student learning any more than weighing a pig will fatten it!"
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  • +6 +6 0 What's this for? May. 13, 2015
    "Standardized testing has absolutely no value beside getting school funding. All tests do is put a number in the spot where their name should be. Why force children to do something that has no merit for them? All it's doing is putting pressure on them, the pressure of Am I Good Enough? Will those who see these, think I'm stupid? Will colleges reject me because of these numbers? You stress this so much and don't have probable cause for it."
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  • +6 +8 -2 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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  • +6 +11 -5 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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  • +6 +10 -4 john May. 31, 2014
    "they cause students stress"
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  • +6 +8 -2 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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  • +6 +8 -2 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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  • +6 +9 -3 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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  • +6 +10 -4 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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  • +6 +12 -6 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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  • +5 +6 -1 Carlton Mar. 13, 2015
    "These tests are made by the muslims for their benefit. They hurt our student's views on American concepts. Testing also causes depression and anxiety towards muslims because we use islam as a reference to our testing. this will hurt us and our kids."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Madeline Jan. 6, 2015
    "I am against standardized tests because some students today just guess or put answers down without even reading the question(s). Yes it is better to have multiple choice questions but some students don't like taking tests and they treat standardized test like an ordinary written test. These standardized tests ask questions that the students don't even know sometimes."
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  • +5 +9 -4 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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  • +5 +11 -6 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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  • +4 +4 0 Kasem Oct. 10, 2015
    "No it doesn't. First of all what do you learn from standardized testing? You don't even use methods to learn to get ready for these exams, by that I mean you don't use memorization techniques, and other techniques. You also basically learn how to answer questions with a time limit, which isn't learning in a real sense, the only thing you're learning is how to take an exam. This isn't just an elementary or middle school thing either. The LSAT is another example. This exam tests nothing really, the logic isn't real logic, and the method of the exam being multiple choice teaches nothing because A) it limits an individuals ideas to 5 choices, sometimes all of which are idiotic reasoning methods and B) when you're a lawyer your jury won't be given a multiple choice questionnaire on why your argument was flawed or not. The fact that these exams which cover only one day, are weighed more than 4 years of work is ridiculous and I really don't see why we still use it. College was really the first time I ever learned anything, and besides the LSATs, college exams have always tested my knowledge rather than how well i can answer questions that just don't matter."
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  • +4 +9 -5 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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  • +3 +3 0 Veronica Sep. 4, 2015
    "My opinion about the use of standardized tests is that they are just tests to get students ready for college. But then again not everyone passes or learns anything from them. I think that they should be modified for the students who can not speak english and the ones who have speech disorders. The main things on those tests are about math, english and rarely history and science. We should be taught how to pay taxes or how to pay bills. What are we going to do after college or during college, if we rent an apartment we have to pay the bills. Some of us are not going to know what to do."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Joey Purser May. 22, 2015
    "Standardized Testing is a bad idea, especially because of its hefty costs and loss of education time, as well as failure to boost student achievement and hatred for non-normal (Special Needs and Non-English Speakers) test takers.
    Standardized testing is very costly, especially because it costs 1.7 billion bucks just to make 1 stinking test. It takes a whopping $114 to make the assessments for 1 student’s test. If it costs $27 to make 1 test for a student, and it takes 1.7 billion dollars for a test for all of the students, then that means with the funds they have, they can make 6,296,296 tests for students. With that amount of money, you think they would donate about a good 75% of it to charity. But nope, they rather slave away poor 3rd-9th graders making them take tests that won't boost their academic achievement in anyway. Just like how we banded together to abolish slavery, we should work together to abolish standardized testing. The hefty costs, failure to boost student achievement, loss of education time, and hatred for non-normal children has to stop! PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS!!!"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Geoff May. 7, 2015
    "Cons They use multiple choice which encourages kids to guess and not really learn"
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  • +3 +5 -2 charles bunch Apr. 17, 2015
    "its another way to see who the dumb people are. every school year the teachers crame stuff down our throats and exspect us to remember every little thing. just to get all the paper for the test causes deforestation which from what im learning is very bda for us it increases the amount of nitrogen and carbon in the atmosphere in which I learned that in biology. I'm 14 and I know this is a very bad thing. the test causes stress on the students in which hurts the students"
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  • +3 +8 -5 kern Apr. 4, 2014
    "students should not be based on a standardized test."
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  • +2 +2 0 H Jun. 6, 2016
    "When it was time to do standardized testing in my school, we had 3 hour long classes because of testing but since there wasn't enough room for everyone to test at once, I had to be taken out of class time where I was actually learning things."
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  • +2 +2 0 TERESA May. 26, 2016
    "No these are NOT helping me get into school. Im a perfect example as to why these tests are useless. Its preventing me to go to school to further my education & to pay off my student loan. Im a CNA in a nursing home I have been a CNA for 8 years, all dealing with dementia. All of my life I have been a fitness person & LOVE helping people so I chose the path of Certified Occupational Theraphy Assistant. Where I work a Physical Therapists told me that Im VERY GOOD with the residents esp in the therapy area. I even have a Scholarship & Honor Roll from my previous medical school as a graduate from Medical Assistant. I can definately do the job as a Certified Occupational Theraphy Assistant but the ACT tests is what is holding me back which is a total ASHAME because I would be awesome therapists!!! Please remove the tests. Really if you think about it its not what you learn at school its really what you learn at the job. As an example my first CNA job they told me forget what you learned at school its totally different on the job so why should we have to go thru all of these tests esp when you are hardly ever going to use MATH in your career. PLEASE REMOVE THE ACT TESTS."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Dr. Who Nov. 11, 2014
    "They can cause a lot of stress in students and may produce misconduct in teenagers."
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  • +2 +7 -5 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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  • +2 +8 -6 Chloe Aug. 20, 2014
    "I believe in standardized educating, not standardized testing."
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  • +2 +8 -6 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 +12 -10 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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  • +1 +1 0 Sarah Sep. 10, 2016
    "These 'con' quotes are really helpful in my debate. ;D"
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  • +1 +8 -7 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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  • 0 +1 -1 Ellen Aug. 21, 2016
    "I never did well on tests, probably due to test anxiety., as well as other reasons I am a "hands-on learner". Unless I knew the material, filling in bubbles on a multiple choice test is mere guesswork. We do need testing, but we do that with midterms and final exams every semester. Some testing should be done as refresher to see how well students remember things. but if the Standardized Testing is being used to determine how well a student will do, they are forgetting some important things like the learning/thinking style that the student has. It's not fair to any student who is labeled by a teacher as having a learning disability just because their way of thinking is different. My brother, who is a teacher, recently mentioned that some of the material taught in schools is strictly for memory. A lot of things that we memorized is not dire, unless we are going to be on a game show. A lot of us probably don't remember the trivial things we learned in school."
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  • -1 0 -1 Abi Oct. 24, 2016
    "In the last three years, my school has changed the program it uses for standardized test three times, this will be the fourth if we take a different test. Each year, the tests got worse. When I was in 7th grade, we took the OAAs for the last time. The next year, we took the PARCS for math and english and the AIRs for science and social studies. Last year, we took the AIRS for all subjects because of how bad the PARCS were. The PARCS were the worst thing ever. My teachers had to throw out several projects that encourage creativity so they could prepare us for the online tests, which they needed computers for, which we didn't have enough of. The AIRs were only a tiny improvement. Half of my geometry test last year was on probability, which we didn't learn because probability is a part of algebra, not geometry, so I was pretty frustrated when I got my test back and found that the only category I did bad in was probability. I understand there needs to be some way to track the progress of students and evaluate teachers, but there has to be a better way than these standardized tests. They take up nearly a month of valuable class time just to administer them, and they are taken two months before the end of the school year."
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  • -1 0 -1 Toby Oct. 16, 2016
    "Standardized Tests create anxiety and stress within students, making them unable to test properly. and when will we have to use our testing skills in real life, other than school and employment for jobs?"
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  • -1 0 -1 Kaden May. 13, 2016
    "Standardized Tests are bad
    Have you ever said "uuuuuhhhh a test" then realize, gggrrrrr it's a standardized test. I say standardized tests are bad. For many reasons like it's all one level, what's the point and it may be unfair.
    Reason one its all one level. The standardized test is all just one grade level so if you are below grade level it's harder and if your above grade level it's easier.
    Reason two the standardized test can be unfair. The standardized test can be unfair to an exchange student who don't speak very good English, since the American standardized test is only in English they might not understand.
    Reason three what's the point. What's the point of a real test when you can just give them a normal one that has a different level or is in a different language.
    In conclusion the standardized test is a bad bad a thing for a lot of reasons like it's all one level, the standardized test is unfair and what's the point of the whole thing"
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  • -1 0 -1 Ally May. 6, 2016
    "There shouldn't be standardized testing here's why....

    Testing hasn't improved student achievement. There is no
    change in reading and a drop in science. According to NCLB or
    No Child Left Behind.

    Only a small portion makes education meaningful.
    According to Gerald W. Bracey, PhD. Claims you can't
    use creative math or self awareness ect.

    Unfair to non English speaking students and
    students white special.
    Students have to take the tests even though
    they might not have mastered
    The English language.

    In conclusion those were three out of so many reasons
    why there shouldn't be any standardized testing"
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  • -1 0 -1 Meghan May. 5, 2016
    "Test do show how a child is doing in school. but if your giving them the same material they already learned they aren't learning anything new. Another reason is that schools are giving too many test per year. The average U.S school has about 56 test per year compared to other countries that have around 15. I'm not against test I'm against having too many."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Calvin Apr. 27, 2016
    "my grandson says he does not like the standarrized tests.... he wants the irregular tests with lots of colors and pictures and maybe games too thanks"
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  • -1 0 -1 brianna Apr. 26, 2016
    "Teachers have to go out of there way to teach to the test, and prepare students for a completely different test than what they are learning in school."
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  • -1 +1 -2 l Apr. 2, 2016
    "I think putting stress on kids at such a young age can ruin the education experience for the rest of there lives. You should not have to worry about passing a test in 3rd grade so colleges will accept you. Teachers also feel like they have to teach the test so that they look good. Nowadays, after standardized tests, teachers just left their kids play on electronics and watch movies, because now that the test is over, there is no point in doing anything else. That is a terrible philosophy and is ruining our education."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Bridgett Mar. 25, 2016
    "Standardized tests do not help or improve students.
    I think that it will bring a lot of anxiety to students, and over 1,000 anxiety attacks have happened over the standardized tests. Some may not understand the English standardized tests and it doesn't put any impact on them.I think it's not a very good idea and so don't a lot of other people I think we could teach the kids in another way!"
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  • -1 +1 -2 aria Mar. 16, 2016
    "standarized tests are very hard and fry kids brains and especially in math they can not think and do goood in thwe other classes"
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  • -1 +1 -2 A continual learner Mar. 7, 2016
    "Culture is defined by differences in Age, Disabilities (both developmental and acquired), Religion or spirituality, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic factors, Sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin, and gender. There are several other categories. That being said there is no "standardized person" so having "standardized testing" results in some form of cultural bias.

    As an example: a child that was raised on a farm with diesel fueled vehicles, at age 8, the teachers wanted an IEP because of the standardized test scores. When asked what one of the questions was, an answer given was: What is gasoline? First few use the full name of that fuel, and secondly farm kids may know gas but most know diesel. This standardized test was given in a farming community."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Billy Bob Mar. 4, 2016
    "Nobody wants to be put on the spot with a hard test that takes children a week to take, and then have to worry about their grade for the test for a few months while the district grades them. There should be a test of some sort, but not one that can devastate a child so much if they got a bad grade."
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  • -1 +2 -3 f Feb. 29, 2016
    "I am a student currently. I am tested to death. I do agree that there should be some amount of standardized tests so that educators can have a basis of how they are doing and how prepared their students are, but there are too many tests as of right now. There is PARCC pretests, PARCC midpoints, PARCC posttests, HSAs, MSAs, SAT, ACT, AP tests and so man more. I am losing months of instructional time because of these tests. they are actually making me less prepared to take them"
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  • -1 +3 -4 makenna Jan. 15, 2016
    "no because it is stressing kids out causing them to be worried about it whether they will do good or not. They'll also have to stay up late trying to study causing them to get less sleep so when the test comes they'll be too tired and forget everything."
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  • -1 +3 -4 mike Nov. 6, 2015
    "i hate them"
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  • -1 +3 -4 Madison M Sep. 4, 2015
    "Does standardized testing improve education in America? As a student myself I would have to lean towards the no side of this argument. Mainly because it causes a lot of stress, for both the students and the teachers. The teachers have to try to teach to the test. Students have the constant stress from worrying if they are studying the right material and if they know how to do everything they have done in the year. If standardized testing is just going to cause stress then it is not a good idea."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Stormy Mayeux Sep. 4, 2015
    "I am Con...The standardized tests do not improve education because we do not learn about more curriculums other than what the teacher is supposed to teach. We all have to have grades in order to pass the year but standard test only keep the children at school so they can graduate when they get to senior year. When taking a standardized test it goes on multiple different topics when it should only be one topic. In other words, tests just do not help students because most children do not want to study for a test or focus on what is in need and tests do not make us smarter. Education is taught by learning and solving problems, most jobs we use do not include the things we learn during school. Standard test are not helping us in today's generation."
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  • -1 +3 -4 kirsten holtz Sep. 4, 2015
    "Procon Standardized Tests
    In my opinion standardized test do not help the student learn. I say it stresses the student out dealing with the questions that he/she does not really remember what to do. What I am saying is that the teachers and adults of the school need to get rid of the standardized tests that their students are not as stressed as they would be if they had to take the test. "Opponents say the tests are neither fair nor objective, that their use promotes a narrow curriculum and drill-like "teaching to the test," and that excessive testing undermines America's ability to produce innovators and critical thinkers." Standardized Tests are not improving education in America because as you are stuck in a quiet room with no noise but typing on the computer or the ticking of the clock you start to get worried and then you start to mentally shut down. So i say get rid of the tests and stop stressing out the students."
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  • -1 +3 -4 DALTON Sep. 4, 2015
    "Standardized test have been part of American education since the mid 1800’s. After the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 the US slipped from 18th to 31st in the world ranking in school. People have been wondering if we really need these test I would have to say NO, because over the past few years where dropping and we should be rising this is Merica we should be the best no declining in education but, standardized testing is making kids frustrate and worry about failing these test. "Failures in the education system have been blamed on rising poverty levels, teacher quality, tenure policies, and increasingly on the pervasive use of standardized tests." They say that it's the teacher's fault,rising poverty levels and other stuff is to blame. No, its drilling everybody with these test so much that nobody wants to take test they are waste of time of what we really could be learning."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Barrett Sep. 4, 2015
    "State mandated testing have always been part of American education since the mid 1800’s. Although it has become somewhat traditional, it might not be the best for actually teaching the students of America what they need to know."Despite using them for several decades, policymakers and educators do not yet know how to use test-based incentives to consistently generate positive effects on achievement and to improve education." The use of standardized tests keep teachers' from teaching a normal curriculum, instead they are showing students how to pass the tests. If there were not standardized tests America would be a much smarter country."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Henry Esquivel Sep. 4, 2015
    "Standardized testing does not help nor improve America's education system it only holds kids back for a longer period of time in school. It makes no sense to pass all their classes but fail the STAAR test and have to go to summer school and retake that whole semester during summer especially if you failed by a question or two. Some of the questions on these test are not even something that was learned or taught throughout the year. Which could be the reason why someone would have failed the test. Its understandable for those who would like to go to college but if you don't this should not be something that holds you back from graduating high school."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Caleb Flowers Sep. 4, 2015
    "Since the mid- 1800th century standardized has been apart of america. However since the (NCLB) act in 2002 Test scores have dropped significantly. America when from the 18th in the world in math to the 31st, the others including science, math, and reading have all dropped significantly. Many people have objection on rather standardized testing has helped america because it is unfair for the people whose first language is not English. If the student does not have a grasp on the English language then the standardised test will hurt this student. Also standardized test only measure a small amount of what makes a kid "smart," such as critical thinking, self awareness, and discipline. Without these needed variables and the students understanding of the english language the standardized test has hurt america's educational system."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Anders Jun. 7, 2015
    "Standardized tests are a racket and test administrators are monopolistically colluding and overcharging, completely ripping off the taxpayer. 1.1 billion $? I could make a web based test for $100 that all students in the world could go to, take a test, and then email testing data to bureaucrats and administrators to salivate over. Throw standardized testing companies in the sea."
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  • -1 +8 -9 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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  • -1 +9 -10 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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  • -1 +10 -11 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!"
  • -1 +8 -9 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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  • -2 0 -2 Dane Easley Apr. 18, 2016
    "I am very much opposed to standardized testing. I believe it to be an exercise in futility, and I see absolutely no benefit for the student whatsoever. We are putting entirely too much emphasis on a few days during the calendar year. The stress caused by the test is unusual and cruel. If we were to subject prisoners of war to the same stress, we would be in violation of the Geneva Convention. All of this hoopla for a test that amounts to nothing, it has no bearing on the future of any student. These test results will not help with college entry or job placement. Students today are losing critical thinking skills not to mention all creativity due to these test. I have noticed in the last ten years in the work place the total lack of problem solving skills from recent graduates of our local high school. these kids can follow instructions, but if a problem occurs they lack the confidence or ability to resolve any issue outside of what they have been instructed. I attribute this to teaching to the test, rather than equipping students with the skills to solve problems; we are simply embedding strategies that will facilitate the appropriate response. Educators are robbing students of their right to learn."
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  • -2 +2 -4 shadow-gamer Feb. 9, 2016
    "i thank that standardized test are unfair to poor or special needs kids also the standerds thay go off of are wrong why put us against are will and rights we dont want test sanderised test should DIE"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Kaden.w Feb. 4, 2016
    "I thank that the test put to much stress on kids and kids get nervous this is not good because kids dont do there best wene nervoce"
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  • -2 +2 -4 kathryn bowers Dec. 18, 2015
    "most days, students are not learning much. the pressure of graduating and being rewarded for good grades takes over when we should be focused on the test its self. cheating and any other measure to pass is taken because we push students to hard. anxiety and sleepless nights of studying is not a childhood. test our students on daily paperwork. not a giant timed test."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Young DeZZy Sep. 4, 2015
    "Standardized Test on the internet are used for many different types of testing, For example SAT’s and STARR. It is known that teachers teach for the test and not for for the students knowledge, but still why does all the major testing for high school half to be 100 questions and on a computer? Students do not want to look at a computer all day, just so they can take a test that says they're smart, they can go the next grade. Standardized Test need to change big time for students to like them."
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  • -2 +2 -4 Joshua Lopez Sep. 4, 2015
    "Standardized tests do not improve the education in America. The a couple of reasons why you because most teachers teach to pass a test and not what they need to know when they go to the next level of education. Second, that test is accounted for a student's whole school year they can be a straight A student but fail because of one test that is the overall grade. Yes, there are positives like some students like to learn that way or that is how a teacher learn how to teach to that particular student. However, it still does not improve our education because that is just a small percentage of students and not the whole populates. Therefore, a Standardized test does not improve our education in America."
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  • -3 +2 -5 John Sue Nov. 5, 2015
    "Standardized testing gives extreme pressure to students."
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  • -3 +10 -13 Sarranitti Jan. 6, 2015
    "The teachers should teach enough that their should not have to be a test."
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