What are your thoughts on standardized tests?

Here’s something most teens have to go through, often more than once, during high school and earlier: standardized testing.

Over at the Cram Session education blog, reporter Angie Mason asked parents their thoughts on testing.

But what do the students think about it? Here’s the question:

What weight do you place on standardized testing? Do you pay attention only to your child’s scores, or how your child’s school fares as a whole?

Teens, weigh in on this subject in the comments section.

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One Response to What are your thoughts on standardized tests?

  1. Amanda Chan says:

    It’s a huge sham. Going through the SAT testing phase was one of the worst experiences–not because I wouldn’t do well, not because I was continually stressed, not because it would potentially impact my college acceptances in monumental ways–but because it measures nothing about me in any way whatsoever.

    The SAT was a test made to measure IQ by scientist Carl Brighams in 1923. Not only is this test 90 years old, Brighams himself also authored a book about the decline of education caused by “racial mixture.” It’s prominence throughout the country is only due to its early establishment, yet no one speaks of the obvious outdatedness.

    Furthermore, the Collegeboard loves to claim,” It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.” That was taken straight from the website. Yet, I somehow remember taking science and social studies in school, but these show up no where on the SAT. The math sections of the SAT test geometry, algebra, and a little bit of trigonometry. However, it neglects many other aspects of math in a high school student’s career, and Collegeboard also claims that the SAT “assesses your academic readiness for college.” Most students also take calculus or statistics, math that we’re more likely to encounter in college, but again, it fails to show up on the SAT. The writing section have huge parts dedicated to testing a student’s vocabulary or grammar. My vocabulary and grammar has little impact on my aptness for literature, yet according to the Collegeboard, if I am not a human thesaurus or AP style book, then I am not ready for college.

    In practicing for the SAT, I’ve had to “solve” mazes. I’ve had to answer questions such as “If one muzzlewump is wet, all guzzlelumps are dry. If, one guzzlelump is dry, is one muzzlewump wet?” Literally, these are the questions that “prepare us for college” and magically, at the same time, “test what we’ve learned in high school.” Or wait, is this the part of the SAT that tests our “logic and analytical skills for the 21st century”?

    As Princeton Review’s founder and president John Katzman once said, “The SAT is a scam. It has never measured anything. And it continues to measure nothing.”

    But hey, major props to the ETS, owner of the Collegeboard, for so successfully sucking all of this money out of the unsuspecting students who just want to go to college.

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