Standardized tests are
the first indicators of
relative performance in
tests a fair measure of
Susan J. Kent
San Diego, CA
These tests cover
all the main ele-
ments of an aca-
demic year in each
class from first
through 12th grade.
STANDARDIZED TESTS HAVE been debated since the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the No Child Left Behind Act of
2002. These multiple-choice tests are used to evaluate students’ academic performance and eligibility for college or university.
Critics say that standardized tests don’t measure problem-solving skills and encourage teachers to “teach to the test” rather than
provide a well-rounded education. They allege that standardized tests
also encourage cheating, since teachers and schools whose students
score well on these tests tend to benefit.
Supporters say the tests have a positive effect on student
achievement; they are nondiscriminatory because they ensure content
is equivalent for all students, and they prevent students from advancing from grade to grade even when their performance does not merit
this. They add that standardized test scores are trustworthy if responsible external authorities control their administration.
What do you think?
If children are
taught how to take
tests and merely
how does that demonstrate a true understanding
of the content?
These are average
dards [and] do not
benefit kids that
are either above
or below average.
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
• www.hoover.org (search: “Stop the war against standardized tests”)
• www.voxxi.com (search: “standardized testing debate”)
• www.education.com (search: “standardized testing”)
are not a measure of
on a given subject,
but rather how well
you are prepared for taking
the said test.