In class we have learned about various issues that can come into effect in schools today. I believe one of the major issues that school systems have today is the use of standardized test. Standardized tests are a common method in which schools use to measure students’ academic achievements. The use of standardized testing is something that can be very problematic more many reasons, such as students don’t all test the same and some would argue that implementing these test only leads teachers to “teach the test”. My opinion is that there shouldn’t be other ways of testing the students’ academic achievements. I believe if we had other methods that worked together with standardized testing it would help lower the achievement gap. I remember going to school and the teachers from the beginning of the year would start preparing us students for state testing and would be teaching us what would be on the test. I also remember that the teachers didn’t really get to teach much other than really preparing us for these test.
Also now that we have talked a bit about NCLB, I believe its important to note that this act requires the state to asses educational achievement and to allocate resources for standardize testing. Personally I have really bad test anxiety and I never did well when testing even though I would study and study and study. I always felt that there should be some other way that I and students who have the same anxiety can prove that we know the material well enough. What other techniques do you think should be implemented in school systems to measure students’ achievements? Do you guys believe that having teachers “teach the test” is something useful or should the teachers have more reign on what they can teach and how to teach it? P.S. If you guys click on the picture above it will take you to a website that discusses other issues within the educational system, including standardized testing that I found interesting and thought you would as well.