Kathy Barkulisover 1 year ago
Standardized testing is a necessary evil. No one gets through life without a standard to which they must adhere. There is no other way to determine whether teachers or students are performing. If you don't test you are left with a subjective analysis of a child's performance. It is not concrete, and it doesn't prove anything other than whether the teacher wants to promote that child further. It also leaves a student open to a non-performing teacher, which doesn't help that child. And if teachers are not given a guideline, how does anyone know whether that teacher is just pushing their own agenda? In terms of subjects like math and science, there must be a concrete measurement of that child's progress in order for her/him to move on to the next level.
I am not saying that schools are using testing mechanisms wisely. I am just saying that testing has to be done, and perhaps it should be less than what it is now. But you can't do away with it.
I am a product of a Catholic school from the early 60's. Very regimented, and very structured. Testing was the norm. In those days, it was very simple. You either passed the test and went on, or you were kept back until you learned it by memory. No calculators, no excuses. You had to learn it. These are basic skills that every child deserves to learn. This is the foundation for their future learning and their success. Once high school comes around if students don't perform well on tests they don't get into good colleges.
Until college admission policies change, you are forced to test.