Standardized Testing and Teaching Troubles

Standardized testing and standardized curriculum can be seen as both a good thing and a bad thing. I remember as a student enjoying writing CAT tests throughout my education because I found them easy and excelled at them. However, as my knowledge about education and curriculum has expanded, I have become very aware of the negative effects that standardized testing can have. For one, we as teachers can and often do begin teaching for the tests. By doing so, we’re missing out on spontaneous learning and learning personalized for our students. Secondly, standardized testing privileges certain types of knowledge over others, in addition, it is not multicultural or adaptive to individual learning needs. If the questions are aimed toward the dominant society, that means the ¬†minority is at a significant disadvantage and this can have serious implications. These are huge concerns, and it seems to me that all of sudden our main concern is making a certain grade, rather than what our students want and need in their educational journey. While I understand the benefits of ensuring all students receive the foundational knowledge based on their level of education, standardized curriculum and testing produces serious constraints on our students that I believe will hinder their potential. If a student fails a standardized test are they not smart? I’m not sure what the solution is to standardized testing, but I believe that labels, privileged and non-inclusive testing are not in the best interest of our students. I feel like we as teachings are being constrained by the one thing we are fighting. So why aren’t we testing in inclusive, multicultural and adaptive ways?¬†

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