The Effects of Standardized Tests in American Education
Many people would consider the United States lucky for their important view in education. Students attend challenging classes for seven hours a day, and then go home and do homework in preparation for classes the following day. Homework alone is enough to stress out any hard working, diligent student. Along with class work, homework, and studying for regular tests, our students have had another burden to add to their escalating stress level – The Standardized Tests.
Over the years, middle and high school have become far more challenging due the constant pressure of excelling through Standardized Testing. With each passing year, greater pressure is placed on the students to achieve excellence, which is directly tied to the school and staff academic standing. A direct effect of testing is student promotion as well as teacher salary linked to the “success of the test”. This is unjust and dishonest. Student’s all over the country deal through many types of stress varying from all different ages. In their home life, social life, and academics the amount of stress placed on students is sometimes unbearable. Standardized testing adds to that stress yearly as students wait, and prepare for the dates they are to be taken. On Mar. 14, 2002, the Sacramento Bee reported that "test-related jitters, especially among young students, are so common that the Stanford-9 exam comes with instructions on what to do with a test booklet in case a student vomits on it."
Another direct effect is high-test anxiety and low self-esteem for those students who have difficulty with the material. Many students have a hard time in some subjects while others excel in that specific subject. So is it fair to measure the amount of academic knowledge a student has by handing out a uniformed test? It’s not. We all learn, test, study, and retain information differently. It is therefore impossible to judge a student’s true intellect by...