Story by Raleigh Norris
Since as long as students can remember, they have been having to take different types of tests required by the state to see what they knew and what they didn’t. MAPS, PACT, PASS, the SAT and the ACT are a few students have had to take over the years. But are these tests really good examples on how smart students are?
High schoolers eventually have to take either the SAT or the ACT, if not both, but these two tests are very different in testing and in scoring. In the SAT, students are told to skip questions that they don’t know, but with the ACT you are told to guess. It’s quite confusing and adds to the stress of taking the test.
Not all high schoolers are good test takers, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know the material. It’s not fair that they have to be tested on something they may know, but fail the test which may impact their future.
How these tests will impact their future is that students send these to colleges. But the thing is, college isn’t for everyone. Someone may not be taking the college route, but be required to take the ACT. That doesn’t seem fair that they will have to take time and stress about a test that they won’t be needing.
These tests aren’t bad for really good test takers. These students have a chance to show their skills to not only Dutch Fork, but to the college they wish to attend.
But what about the tests students didn’t have to take in high school? In elementary and middle school, students are required to take the MAPS test and the PASS test.
But do these tests really show what these age groups know? These tests have different questions for each student. The problem with that is one student may get a set of questions that they really know, whereas another student may get a bunch of confusing questions.
Which, the confusing questions still apply to the more important high school standardized tests.
Also, how does testing help students learn? Once students take these tests, instead of learning about the material in the classrooms, they will most likely not see it again until their next standardized test.
Standardized tests overall are not for everyone. Instead of giving each student a test based on what they know, all students receive the same test, even if they haven’t taken the class that the material comes from.
Standardized testing should not be shown to show a student’s strengths and weaknesses, but instead be proven by what they bring in the classroom.