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standerdized tests - April 28th 2015, 03:33 AM

What are your opinions on standardized testing? I personally think the Florida ones got better for writing and English but the math is going to be twice as hard.
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Re: standerdized tests - April 28th 2015, 03:45 AM

Ahh standardized tests.

Not good things at all. We were just talking about these today in class. Now mind you, I am a freshman in college and the class we were talking about this in was related to my major.

She had graded our essays and basically said that a lot of us didn't know how to format properly. Apparently 2/3 of the class didn't indent their paragraphs and didn't know how to properly cite their sources. She considers this a disservice in education.

But my god, boy can I fill in bubble sheets, because that's what's important, right?

Standardized tests are basically useless trivia. There are words in there for the English portion that even college students don't understand. Teachers are forced to teach for the test, but this basically causes them to miss out on teaching the things that are actually important.

They don't take the individual student into account either. They don't take into account the fact that students don't all learn the same way. Some students may have certain disabilities that may make them learn differently or not at the same level. Some students are still learning English. Some students get severe test anxiety. Or, maybe they're sick or have something going on at home. That one set of tests defines the student, and that's not right. It's not fair to say a student isn't proficient in something just because they don't do well on ONE TEST. It doesn't take into account any successes throughout the year.

That being said, if you need help studying for the math portion, feel free to ask us!

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Re: standerdized tests - April 28th 2015, 06:05 AM

I absolutely HATE them and I always have.
These are one test on one day, that's not indicative of anything

Test-taking strategies greatly improve scores, so doing well just means you've learned how to take a test, not that you actually know what you're being tested on

I have a learning disability that causes a HUGE difference between my verbal and performance scores, regardless of how much preparation I do beforehand meaning that they are not an accurate measure of my ability, knowledge, or potential success which is the whole point of taking them.

Teachers teach to the test because there is so much riding on the results; this means that valuable educational opportunities are missed and people advance in education (and life) without learning more important life skill related things (how to balance a checkbook, file taxes etc.)

Not to mention all the pressure they put on kids to do well and everything that relies on the scores (school funding, admission to college) while in reality, doing poorly on the test doesn't necessarily mean that a person won't do well in whatever the test is testing.

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Re: standerdized tests - April 28th 2015, 03:36 PM

lets put it this way. I took the ACT back in high school and I honestly drew pictures in the bubble sheets. I drew a 3 and a flower. And I still scored a 23 on it. So the actual usefulness of the standardized to me is pretty invalid.
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