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According to an article called "Standardized Testing is Still Failing Students,"  "Educators have long known that standardized tests are an inaccurate and unfair measure of student progress. There's a better way to assess students." 

Also, from personal experience, I had to take standardized tests for my highschool so our counselors could put me into classes that aligned with my test scores. I was put in the low section for every subject. After getting straight A's in those classes I moved up 2 levels, and was still getting A's. This is living proof that the standardized testing does not show a students true abilities and can be misleading. 

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by Journeyman (2.1k points)
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There is a presence of dissatisfaction surrounding standardized testing. While there are ways to elicit helpful information regarding academic performance, standardized testing provides only a limited view at a student's profile. 

An article from Edutopia says, "'Tests don’t explicitly teach anything. Teachers do,' writes Jose Vilson, a middle school math teacher in New York City. Instead of standardized tests, students 'should have tests created by teachers with the goal of learning more about the students’ abilities and interests,' echoes Meena Negandhi, math coordinator at the French American Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey."

Harvard's Graduate School of Education looked at cortisol levels and standardized testing. 

Their article says, "On average, students had 15 percent more cortisol in their systems the homeroom period before a standardized test than on days with no high-stakes testing. Students who showed the largest variations in cortisol between testing and non-testing weeks tended to perform worse on tests than expected given their classwork and performance on non-high-stakes tests, among other measures. Cortisol spikes weren’t the only culprit; some students’ cortisol dropped on testing days, which was also associated with lower performance.

'The decreases in cortisol is more a sign that your body is facing an overwhelming task and your body does not want to engage with the test,' Heissel says."

This data emphasizes the negative effect the pressure of standardized testing has on students' performance. 




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by Apprentice (1.1k points)
According to the article titled Standardized tests are fundamentally bad by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, state that standardized testing is NOT overall beneficial to students. Specifically they said, "The language of standardized tests is abstract and hypothetical, not fully comprehended by most students at earlier levels of development." Therefore I believe that this is true- these tests are dangerous to student success.

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by Novice (720 points)

according to the article "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?" "standardized tests only determine which students are good at taking tests, offer no meaningful measure of progress, and have not improved student performance." The article lists a lot of pros and cons about standardized testing.

I personally do not think standardized tests are the best way to judge a student's knowledge, from personal experience. I am not the best test taker, I get very nervous and overwhelmed and I feel like other people also have similar situations.
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by Novice (720 points)

Not every student is a good test taker. Standardized tests bring lots of stress and anxiety to students, as they are told these exams will ultimately set them on their education track for the rest of the year, or even their lives. With this pressure, some students get too overwhelmed and don't do as well on the test as others. Some students show their knowledge better in writing rather than testing. The main point is that standardized testing is unfair for students, and not an accurate representation of their knowledge. 


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by Novice (840 points)

According to an article for the Fordham institute, standardized tests are an outdated form of measuring intellect and no longer really measure standards that we should be caring about. A lot of factors, such as the school the students attended, are not taken into account with standardized test scores. While test scores have been linked with later life outcomes, there are so many outside factors in a student's life that could affect their standardized testing ability that we can't really take the scores too seriously.



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by Novice (990 points)

"High-stakes standardized tests can have serious negative effects on student’s academic motivation and learning, their sense of themselves as learners, their attitudes toward school, and their relationships with teachers. Such tests narrow the curriculum, reduce teacher creativity and innovation, and result in teaching to the test rather than educating the whole child." 

Although standardized exams can be a useful tool for tracking kids' academic development, there's continuous discussion and study over the accuracy and fairness of using them as the only indicator of student accomplishment and teacher effectiveness.


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