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Standardized Testing<br />Good or Bad?<br />By: John Lees<br />
Outline:<br />Origin of testing<br />What does the public think?<br />Primary school pros & cons<br />Secondary school pros & cons<br />Current issues at hand<br />Where is standardized testing headed?<br />
Standardized tests in the U.S<br />First form of test in the U.S was the IQ test (1914-1918)(wikipedia.com)<br />Really pushed into schools during the cold war<br />Beginning tests concentrated on math and science<br />More recently used for ease of computer grading and comparison<br />Allows government to compare areas<br />
Public Views<br />Give reason behind funding for designated areas<br />Allows parents to compare their child to national averages<br />Scores presented to public through government website<br />Mixed feelings on whether they should be given<br />
Primary Testing<br />Emotional pros & cons on testing<br />Pros:-Shows child his or her success on the material-Gives confidence towards preparation skills-Encourages the child to continue learning<br />Cons:-Possibly lower self esteem if low score is received-Make the child that preparation doesn’t make a difference-Could create a fear of learning and test taking<br />
Primary Testing<br />Cognitive pros & cons on testing<br />Pros:-Gives the child crucial study skills-Helps develop time management skills -Can encourage a well rounded education<br />Cons:-Child may not yet have the ability to study vast amounts of material-Not all children can process material at the same speed-If the child doesn’t score high in a certain area they may decide they hate the subject<br />
Primary Testing<br />Physical pros & cons on testing<br />Pros:- Allows for the child to practice routine change-Child gains experience on academic stress-Possibly first experience with long duration testing<br />Cons:-Children with certain disabilities may not adapt well to change in routine-Child lose composure under pressure-If a child has a learning disability(ADD,ADHD) test duration may be an issue<br />
Secondary Testing<br />Emotional pros & cons on testing<br />Pros:-Success may encourage academic interest-Let the student be open about his or her achievements-Creates optimism for pursuing higher education<br />Cons:-Failure may act as a deterrent towards education-Create insecurities about the students learning abilities-College may seem like an impossible task<br />
Secondary Testing<br />Cognitive pros & cons<br />Pros:-Enables the student to develop all comprehension skills-Creates the ability for a student to identify what skill to use-Prepares the student for college level courses<br />Cons-Test is taken before comprehensions skills are developed-Mind may get mixed up on what technique to use-Students may feel they aren’t mentally equipped for college<br />
Secondary Teaching<br />Physical pros & cons on testing<br />Pros:-Enables the student to learn how to deal with stress-Skills to manage your study time, and test time-Learn how to focus on material for that duration<br />Cons:-Limits student to do normal school work-Adds more of a work load to students during school year-Forces students to attempt work above their skill level<br />
Current Issues<br />Teachers getting fired as a result of low test scores<br />Students with English as second language given the same test<br />Funding being taken away during a time of need<br />
Where is testing headed?<br />Continuing to determine funding for school districts<br />More pressure on teachers over students success<br />Rigorous reform in schools all around<br />Greater impact on opportunities for students<br />
Summary<br />How testing came about<br />What people think about testing<br />Effects on elementary students all around<br />Effects on high school students all around<br />Issues at hand<br />What will happen in the near future<br />
Sources<br />Images from:-static.family.go.com/images-meds.queensu.ca-www.howstuffworks.com(Photographer: Sebastian Kaulitzki)Family.go.com<br />Information on slide 3 from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standardized_test<br />Consulted with Robin Barney-Lees M.A Language arts/elementary education<br />