Testing Trembles

The average standardized test that is used in the school system today are utilized to access information that children should know at each grade level.  Although these test are suppose to measure knowledge retained, it doesn’t seem to accurately access the proper content.  There are many teachers who focus on “presenting”the content to their students rather than teaching it.  With so much pressure embedded on these forms of assessments, teachers are forced to rush through content presented to their students.  Although the students may not be retaining the information, the teachers want to make sure they at least present the information to their students.  I have witnessed students who are A+ in all academic areas fail these forms of assessments due to anxiety.  As an educator, I feel as though children should be assessed based on the knowledge they have received ad retained.  A basic skills test should be given in each subject area in order to show the knowledge they have gained.

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