Test Anxiety and Standardized Testing in Elementary School Research Paper

Test Anxiety and Standardized Testing in Elementary School
A review of the research on standardized testing and test anxiety in elementary education.
# 152683 | 1,983 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 17, 2013 in Education (Elementary School)

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This paper presents two hypotheses that suggest that the increase in test anxiety in elementary school aged children is due to the increase in standardized testing, and that this educational concern has some negative effects on students, parents, teachers and administrators. The paper explores the research to support these hypotheses and highlights how test anxiety is a major concern in education for students, principals, teachers and parents. The paper notes that as standardized testing becomes an intricate part of education, school administrators are now faced with the challenge of designing and implementing interventions to help students manage their stress.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

"What are the experiences of students and teachers in the elementary classroom
setting? Standardized testing has become an important component of the educational process. Many schools today are driven by higher academic standards and more accountability. How do these demanding responsibilities impact our students and their teachers overall? Do assessment concerns like test anxiety affect students and their performance on these standardized tests? Are our schools equipped with the necessary tools to assist students and teachers during there testing experiences?
"Many studies show that there has been a significant increase in the occurrence of test anxiety in students and their instructors as a result of the abundance of standardized testing. The behaviors of test anxiety observed are far more involved than the typical worry or anxiousness. New studies show an abundance of students showing emotional symptoms such as crying, irritability, and overwhelming frustration.
"Empirical evidence shows that there is a negative connection between the effects of test anxiety on student performance. What emotions do students feel before and during these required tests? How do these emotions affect their academics and overall health? This paper will examine the experiences of students and their teachers in the classroom setting while preparing for a standardized test."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black, Susan (2005). Test Anxiety. American School Board Journal, 42-44.
  • Casbarro, John (2004). Reducing Test Anxiety in the Era of High-Stakes Testing. Principal, 83(5), 36-38.
  • Hancock, Dawson (2007). Effects of Test Anxiety and Evaluative Threat on Students' Achievement and Motivation. Charlotte University, 94(5), 284-289.
  • Meir, Deborah (2002). In Schools We Trust. Massachusetts: Beacon Press.
  • Schrag, Peter (2003). Final Test. New York: New York Press.

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