Standardized Testing for Measuring Academic Success Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Standardized Testing for Measuring Academic Success
A discussion on the use of standardized testing as a tool for measuring students' academic success.
# 115340 | 3,187 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 16, 2009 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Teaching Methods)

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This paper takes a look at the validity of using standardized tests to evaluate students' academic success. The author defines and gives examples of standardized tests and agrees that though there are advantages utilizing the standardized testing system such as the comparison of students' results for use in analyzing the quality of learning, the standardization of curriculum diminishes the volume and standard of education imparted to students. The paper further explains that standard testing results in students memorizing rather than learning, and in other cases, can lead to inequalities in the society where pupils who get less marks in standardized tests feel singled out. The author suggests other methods to evaluate students' performances such as benchmark testing.

Definition and Examples of Standardized Tests.
Factual Benefits of Having Standardized Testing System
Drawbacks of Standardized Testing
Correlation Between Standardized Tests' Scores and Student's Acceptance Rate
Other Methods of Measuring Students' Academic Success

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harris, Joseph; Turkington, Carol. Get Ready! For Standardized Tests: Grade 1. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2000.
  • Immekus, J.C; Maller, S.J; Imbrie, P.K.; Ningying, Wu; McDermott, P.A. (2005, Oct) Work In Progress - An Analysis of Students' Academic Success and Persistence Using Pre-College Factors. Proceedings 35th Annual Conference, vol. 19-22, pp: S2C-3 - S2C-4.
  • Kohn, Alfie. Two Cheers for an End to the SAT.<>
  • McNeil, Linda M. Contradictions of School Reform: Educational Costs of Standardized Testing. Routledge. 2000.
  • N. A. Measure of Success.<>

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