Although many are against standardized testing, it helps ensure education is impacting students equally. Standardized testing should not only be district wide, but state wide and perhaps nation wide. This kind of testing is important to not only show how well students understand the material for grading purposes, but also to show how well a teacher, district, or state is teaching their students.
It is only fair to students to monitor how educators are teaching the curriculum. If scores from a certain teacher are exceptionally poor, perhaps that teacher is not doing a good job teaching the material. This is almost certainly the reason most teachers are against standardized testing. Teachers do not want the work of their students to reflect poorly upon them. Teachers come up with more philosophical reasons for disagreeing with standardized testing, often that it can only be a negative thing for students. The point of standardized testing is to make sure everyone taking such test is on the same level, regardless of their teacher.
Some teachers do not do as well conveying information to students as others. Dislike for teachers can easily come from a frustration felt by the student, that they cannot learn from this teacher. Some classes struggle through homework and tests, but poor grades effect the student individually, not the teacher. Standardized testing would ensure that every class received a higher level of understanding, instead of having the teacher ignore the fact that students struggle. Students do not have control over who they receive as a teacher for the year. It shouldn’t matter who teacher is, each student should be taught well and taught similarly from one classroom to another.
Most students do not enjoy taking standardized tests, such as the New York State Regents exams. Standardized testing should be done often throughout all years of schooling, starting at a young age. If tests similar to these are given from 1st...