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Has Standardized Testing Gone Too Far?

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On July 29, 2016, New York State released that their standardized test scores have improved since they were last released. While the administration is proud of these emerging statistics, many have been asking if these test scores truly matter.

There has been an emphasis on teaching students not so that they can learn, but so that they can score better on standardized tests. Many parents disagree with these tests, mostly because there is a great deal of pressure on students to perform well. Do you believe that standardized testing should continue? If not, should anything take its place?

At a Glance:

  • New York State has released that standardized test scores have improved from the    previous spring.
  • Many parents believe that standardized testing is emphasized too much, and    should no longer be integrated into the core curricula

Around the Web:

If Test Scores Go Up Did Education Improve?

Alan Singer | The Huffington Post

On Friday afternoon July 29, 2016, New York State released the results of student test scores on Common Core-aligned standardized tests administered last spring. If you missed the announcement, that’s probably why scores were released on a Friday afternoon the day the Presidential campaign went into full swing. The New York Times reported on the release in Saturday’s paper on page 18.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is facing a tough reelection battle in 2017 was ecstatic with the test results. The percentage of New York City students who passed state English exams was up by nearly eight percentage points to almost 38 percent passing. For the first time, this matched the overall state passing average. According to de Blasio, “These results represent important progress and outline real improvements across each borough of our city. We congratulate our students, families and devoted educators for this critical step forward.”

Carmen Fariña, de Blasio’s Schools Chancellor, was also pretty happy. “We have seen incredible improvement on these exams and it’s so important that we’ve seen it in every single school district — a testament to not only the hard work of students but the importance of having strong educators at the helm: our superintendents, principals and teachers.”

To read more visit The Huffington Post

Parents agree with commission: Standardized testing must go

Karen Grace | KENS 5

School starts in less than a month for many Texas students, and the topic of standardized testing is taking center stage.

On Wednesday, the Texas Commission will likely advise lawmakers to scrap the STAAR test altogether. And a lot of Texans believe that there are just too many standardized tests and that schools waste too much precious class time preparing for them.

“That would be great, I don’t like it either,” said Janie Castillo, a concerned mom who agrees that standardized tests have got to go.

Castillo noted that the tests had caused a lot of grief in her household. They often made her son and daughter very anxious.

“[My daughter] would just get very nervous. She wouldn’t eat,” Castillo recalled. “It’s very stressful. My son doesn’t sleep the night before.”

KENS 5 obtained a copy of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountabilities report, which also recommends replacing current standardized tests with computer-based tests, which would “provide useful, real-time feedback to educators” and measure “performance and growth.”

To read more visit KENS 5 Eyewitness News

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