The 'Teach to Test' Syndrome Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

The 'Teach to Test' Syndrome
An analysis of the 'teach to test' syndrome and the quality of education.
# 60168 | 1,436 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Aug 12, 2005 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Teaching Methods) , English (Analysis)

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The 'teaching to test' equation raises a number of ethical questions about quality of education. In addition, this issue elicits several concerns regarding the impact on teachers. The paper examines whether teachers can still be creative and prove themselves the best teachers possible, or whether the constraints of standardization keep them from achieving. The paper discusses whether a teacher who has students who excel on the tests is actually better than one who does not. The paper also discusses the issue of whether teachers should be punished for not achieving test goal or rewarded for doing so.

From the Paper:

"Over the past decade, the educational system in the United States has been changing in a fundamental way. Rather than having teachers determine what their students should learn to accomplish educational goals, schools are following state and national standards that dictate what must be taught as well as the scores that must be achieved on uniform tests. Increasingly, teachers' performance is based on how well their students meet set standards. As a result, schools are seeing the rise of a "teach to the test" syndrome. Instructors are putting significant if not most of their efforts on prepping students on the information they will need to succeed on the tests. In some cases, students even have a week of learning how to take the test along with sample questions, and parents are advised to review testing materials with their children as part of their homework."

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