Standardized Testing

The Death of Intelligence?

Mario Hackney and Garrett Peck

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Freshman Nate White stressing about his final projects just like the rest of the student body.

A Junior in Coach Jarmans class finds the answers for his unit five study guide.

PROS 

    Standardized testing is a necessary evil. It is the most efficient way to guarantee a fair evaluation of all people’s intelligence. Tests like the ACT and SAT are designed to measure intelligence. They are not supposed to measure your creativity or other abstract concepts.

    Creating the most effective test would be prohibitively expensive and would require a degree of personalization for individual test takers that  would render the purpose of the test useless. Standardized tests are important, because they provide a metric for colleges and businesses to evaluate the ability of a potential student or employee. It may not be the best way, but it is the most efficient and fair way for the students and the organizations who use this information.     

CONS

Standardized tests are  meant to “display what you learned” but how effective are they? They only show how good of a test taker you are and your ability to eliminate dumb answers.

  Tests don’t accurately show what you know and retained over the semester since there are many different ways to “beat” standardized testing by finding patterns and finding the most common letter answer.

  It doesn’t display an accurate representation of what you know. You can’t show how you got an answer. Common core requires you to take EOC’s and district exams through standardized tests but yet this is the most ineffective way of measuring knowledge. There is so much margin for error and easy way to guess and find the patterns throughout tests.

    Too many times I’ve found to that EOC’s are impossible to study for since you’re covering literally everything you have learned over the course of the semester. We’ve been tested over the material already from unit tests so why do we need to tested over it again?

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