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This paper presents arguments against the practice of standardized testing, suggesting that test scores only reflect a small snapshot of student abilities and do not accurately gauge a student's knowledge. The paper questions the usefulness of standardized tests as a measure of a student's success or failure and why so many school systems have instituted testing as a method of rewarding teachers and schools. Finally, the paper argues that standardized testing should be replaced by teacher evaluations that offer an opinion of the student from the teacher that has spent an entire school year with the student and a student portfolio that indicates the student's progress.
From the Paper:"The weight of consequences is also a concern for the schools themselves. Standardized testing has become an easy means for school districts to measure not only the educational abilities of students but the teaching abilities of the teachers and the success of the school in general. Funding can be deprived of those schools seen as "failing", and teachers and principals may be "punished" through job loss or pay cuts for not producing enough students that receive high scores. Because of this, educational and school policies are being manipulated to increase scores. It has become too common to suspend those students expected to score poorly on standardized tests prior to the testing day so that their low scores will not impact the school's rating. Some schools bribe students with free breakfasts, monetary rewards, or prize giveaways when school districts require a certain percentage of students to be present on test day. Rather than risk falling below the required number and lowering their standing, administrators resort to any means necessary to get kids to be in school."
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