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Standardized Testing. By: Joseph Johnson Professor John Domini Section- rk 16 April 2013. No Child Left Behind Act. Started January 23, 2001. Required schools to receive federal funding to administer a state-wide standardized test.

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Standardized testing

Hello class, I did my mediation on standardized testing in elementary schools, and the effects they have on the students.

Standardized Testing

By: Joseph Johnson

Professor John Domini

Section-rk

16 April 2013


No child left behind act

No Child Left Behind Act

  • Started January 23, 2001.

  • Required schools to receive federal funding to administer a state-wide standardized test.

  • The Act does not assert a national achievement standard.

The No Child Left Behind act is one of the key reasons for standardized testing. This act requires schools to receive federal funding to administer a state-wide standardized test. Also, let it be noted, the act does not assert achievement standards.


Who wants testing changed

So, who actually wants standardized testing to be changed? It turns out teachers want the system changed. A national survey showed only 7% believed it should be kept. The rest say quizzes, test, observations, summaries, and reviews are more essential.

Who wants testing changed?

  • Teachers want the system changed.

  • A National survey showed, only 7% believe it should stay, 62% say that quizzes, test, observations, summaries, and reviews are more essential.

  • Many schools are trying to get away from the test and move to other ways of measuring a students’ academic performance.


Benefits of standardized testing

Now for the benefits of standardized testing. Having standards keep schools and teachers accountable for their work. Accountability also keeps the schools on task for their grade. The most severe consequence of not keeping scores up to par could be closure of schools. This is arguably the strongest benefit of the system.

Benefits of standardized testing

  • Having standards keep the teachers and school accountable.

  • This is an easy way to keep schools on task.

  • Scores not up to par can cause closure or government led restructure of the school.

  • Arguably the best benefit of the system.


Benefits continued

Another benefit of standardized testing would be analyzing the data that is produced. Basically, students results are data points on a chart. The Dept. of Education can then analyze what programs are sustaining high scores and what programs to add. Doing this gives the ability to compare and change schools.

Benefits (continued)

  • Students results are data points.

  • Dept. of Education can then analyze what programs are sustaining high scores and what programs they can add.

  • Ability to compare and contrast schools education.


Flaws of standardized testing

Now for the flaws in standardized testing. Teachers tend to teach toward the test and not toward new material. This causes teachers to review subjects already taught. Also, the NCLB act forces schools to make annual yearly progress. Meaning if they do not make a certain amount of progress each year they will be criticized.

Flaws of standardized testing

  • Teaching towards test not material.

  • Teachers tend to review subjects and not push to new subjects.

  • No Child Left Behind act forces schools to make annual yearly progress (AYP).


Flaws continued

Another significant flaw is that tests cannot measure all subjects a class teaches. Most sections to a standard test are 30 minutes to and hour long and have roughly 45 to 60 questions. This can only give you a rough estimate of a students ability. It also leaves out some core subjects like art, music, and geography.

Flaws (Continued)

  • The test cannot measure all subjects a class teaches.

  • Most test are 30 minutes to a hour and have roughly about 45 to 60 questions.

  • Gives rough estimate of students abilities.


An alternative to standardized testing

Now for and alternative to standardized testing or a mediation between not having tests and having them. The most common alternative I found was project based learning assessments. Some current ideas of this would be, analytic essays, social studies research papers, science experiments, and applied mathematics problems. These would all incorporate oral and written components. These assessments would be graded by a rubric, twice for accuracy.

An Alternative to Standardized testing

  • Project based learning assessments.

  • Some ideas are analytic essays, social studies research papers, science experiments, and applied mathematics problems.

  • incorporate oral and written components.

  • These are graded by a rubric and then graded twice for accuracy.

  • This has now already been started in 28 schools in New York.


Overall

Overall, standardized test need to be reevaluated, or changed to measure students learning abilities more accurately. This could change the system already established like creating a new standard rubric.

Overall

  • Standardized test need to be reevaluated.

    or

  • Change how students abilities are measured, like project based assessments.

  • This would completely change the system already established.

  • A new standard rubric would have to be created to compensate the changing system.


Works cited

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  • "No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 - Texas Project FIRST." No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 - Texas Project FIRST. Texas Project First, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.

  • Smith, David. "R-bloggers." Rbloggers. R-bloggers, 15 Apr. 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.

  • Arimito, Jenny. "UC Berkeley College Survival Guide." Her Campus. UC Berkley, 11 Sept. 2012. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.

  • Story. Friday Funny – Standardised Testing. Digital image. Teachers Training International. Rock River Times, 14 Sept. 2012. Web. 4 Apr. 2013.


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