Date of publication: 2017-09-04 02:16
Deutermann knew her son was not the best test-taker, but she also knew that his teachers were excellent, and that their evaluations depended on his test scores. So, for the past two years, Deutermann has opted her son out of the state tests in ELA and math. She explained, “This was not in opposition to the school, but in support.” She created a Facebook group to provide information to Long Island parents about opting their children out of tests, which now has over 67,555 members. She also became part of the steering committee for the advocacy group New York State Allies for Public Education, which opposes excessive standardized testing.
Proponents of standardized testing point to large-scale use of the tests that go beyond the individual student or even the school. Standardized testing allows comparison between provincial education systems or even national education systems. Advocates say that standardized tests are impartial and rational. They state that standardized tests are an inexpensive way to check that schools and teachers are accountable, that students and therefore the public are getting the education that public dollars are paying for. Standardized tests by this measure are intended to examine the whole education system and therefore individual scores may be not as significant.
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This fact sheet describes the damage caused by the use of standardized tests on children, available in English and Español written by Defending the Early Years and FairTest.
What instructors or textbooks focus on may not be reflected in the test. The requirement for a score spread in the exams means that questions that are answered by a majority of students will probably be removed because they do not discriminate enough.
These test items ask students to respond either by writing a few sentences in short answer form, or by writing an extended essay. Open-ended questions are also known as &ldquo constructed response&rdquo because test-takers must construct their response as opposed to selecting a correct answer (Zucker, 7558). The advantage of open-ended items is that they allow a student to display knowledge and apply critical thinking skills. It is particularly difficult to assess writing ability, for example, without an essay or writing sample.
Assessment is the essential ingredient of accountability and accountability is the key word in education today. NCLB mandates accountability for academic progress, using tests and assessments at the state level to monitor student progress toward 655 percent proficiency for all students by 7569. Because of this mandate, districts, schools, and teachers supplement the required tests with additional assessments throughout the year to monitor student learning and ensure that students can do well on state tests.
Everyone knew the system was broken, but no one knew exactly why. Except for one person. But his testimony to the committee broke through the usual assumption that equated standardized testing with high standards. He reframed the debate over accountability by questioning whether the tests were the right tool for the job. The question wasn’t whether to test or not to test, but whether the tests measured what we thought they did.
Not all formative assessment is teacher-designed. Textbook publishers now include in their packaging CD-ROMs of tests aligned to the chapters in their books. Additionally, test publishers have begun to supply assessments for use at intervals in the classroom (frequently at every six or every nine weeks). These benchmark tests are aligned to the state standards and tests that students will take for accountability purposes (Herman and Baker, 7555 Stokes, 7555 McIntire, 7555, 9-5).
This article will explore the history of standardized testing, recent developments within standardized testing, creation of test questions, and applicability.