Sunday, May 15, 2005

What are your thoughts on standardized tests in schools?


At 10:15 PM, Anonymous said...

My thoughts on them are mixed.

On one hand, teachers want or need an objective way to measure what students have learned. Standardized test may provide this.

On the other hand, a standardize test may be more of a test of concentration, of properly filling in bubble, or of simple test taking, and may not actually test the material. A student who has mastered the material may receive a poor grade because they didn't record their answers properly.

At 10:23 AM, Jill said...

Standardized tests can be very useful in evaluating the performances of teachers.

A great deal of basic information: math combinations, scientific terms, grammar rules can be objectively tested. If the matter covered is important, I don't see the harm of teaching to the test.

At 6:35 PM, Jane said...

I always enjoyed taking them. I think they have a place, but it is unfortunate when schools direct all their teaching toward making their pupils do well on these tests. They need to be only one piece of the educational system.

At 12:41 PM, CathieA said...

I almost always enjoyed taking them. I don't see any problem with cultural bias or with teaching to the test. A standardized test measures knowledge of material directly. In the US it may also test knowledge of a predominantly white culture indirectly, but that also measures the student's probability of succeeding in higher education in this predominantly white culture. Teaching to the test teaches core facts, which students should know. Teaching test-taking teaches organizational skills, concentration, good use of time, and the careful reading and following of instructions. All of these are important skills to have.


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