Standardized Testing

It’s something all students dread. From, the local, state tests, to the nation’s ACT and SAT tests, all people hate choosing A, B, C, and even D.

Why, though? All this local testing can be traced back to Bush. In 1998, after response to a global test, he enacted the “No Child Left behind” act, which made testing and accountability standards higher. States then started to enact most stricter policies for their standardized test.

Now, being a young person in this generation, since 4th grade, I have taken the STAAR (State of Texas Academic Assesment of Readiness) test. In Texas, the STAAR test is required, by law, to be taken by all public school students, grades 3-8th, and 9-11th. Through all of the crying and tears to prepare for it, the test is simply a worthless measure of knowledge. Truly, it is a test, yes, but arguing if this line in a story means one thing or another, is truly a daunting task.

But, one could argue that these tests are preparing students for the SAT, AP, and ACT tests. Sure, you could that route, but when thinking about it, it somewhat isn’t. SAT and ACT tests are their own standardized tests, in the light. There nowhere comparable to STAAR tests, as there’s a strict time limit per section, rather than one for the state tests. It requires sperate practice, course prep, and a lot more factors.

People are arguing against these tests, by illegally “opting out” these kids of these tests. If it was my desition, standardize tests ARE necessary, but if we were to break it up through the year, it would lead to efficiency and less stress. Take Math for instance. After studying a unit of Algebra, students would take a 10-15 question test, created by the state, that covers all the standards taught, and then this continues through each unit. Then, at the end, all the questions would be added together, to create one score, and then that would determine if a student passes or fails. This strategy would surely reduce stress, and relax more test takers, as it would be fresh in students brain, rather than digging for knowledge 10 months after learning it.

The way we operate standardized tests is corrupted. The tests will never go away, I can assure you that, but the way we operate them could change. My proposition would help reduce stress and calm nerves. Even my school district has started to conduct District Assessments after every unit of study, and thereby, states should partake as well.