Standardized Testing and Achievment – An Inverse Relationship?


Standardized Tests can be a valuable tool if used judiciously and consistently as an educational aid and a review of where we have been and where we need to go in general areas of the curriculum. At the current time Standardized tests have taken on an almost god like mantle. People stand at the base of the mountain and wait for the pronouncement of their children’s futures not realizing that in many cases the  pronouncement is coming from a false prophet .  Tests may measure potential, which may or may not be fulfilled or they measure achievement which is a measure of where you have been rather than where you may be going.  Both types of tests can  function as signposts indicating the eventual direction you will follow but this road is not a one way street and breakdowns occur rather frequently for some while  others will drive their way to success avoiding or working through the curvy hard stretches found on almost any road.  Two relationships have existed consistently  in education over the past 30 years and both are  inverse relationships. As Testing indicates our skills are decreasing we order increased testing and as we order more testing our skills seem to decrease further.  As a teacher’s abilitiy to discipline decreases, behavior problems increase  and paradoxically as behavior problems have  increased  teachers ahve been given fewer and fewer alternatives to deal with those behaviors.   Thinks about it  maybe if we did away with additional testing and gave control of their classrooms back to the teachers these relationships might reverse themselves. 

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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