Creativity Lost: The Other Side of Testing. Jennifer Cleary Tiffany Underkoffler. Purpose . The purpose for this paper is to describe the impact that high-stakes tests have on creativity in the classroom. ACTIVITY. STUDENTS’ OPINIONS. Jenn’s Fifth Grade Class Tiffany’s Fifth Grade Class.
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The popular trend is to test so students can be evaluated, schools can be ranked, and compared to neighboring schools. Time will still continue to be a massive restraint against teacher creativity. With the pressure to cover so much information, teachers limit their creativity. Students lose the valuable time of expression and exploration.
As educators, we understand that testing has its merits but when it affects our freedom as teachers, we must find alternative ways to teach the information without feeling failure.