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<p>The issue of standardised exams is raising a lot of concern as to whether it is worthy or not. There are several arguments about the standardised testing with some protesting against them due to the following reasons;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cheating among the teachers due to the fact that the tests are likely to have an effect on their salaries and job security as well. In addition, students tend to do anything possible to ensure that they pass the tests. This includes taking performance drugs and cheating given that they know that the test scores possibly will influence their future lives.</p>
<p>Standardised tests do not value creativity given that a student who happens to write more creative answers in the margins of such tests does not apprehend that no one will even notice this creative response. More so, the tests are machine graded and that any creative response that does not follow the format is considered to be incorrect. Besides, standardised exams give no feedback on ways of producing better performance. As it takes a long time to give back the results to the teachers and students the test companies do not provide instructions on how to improve these test results.</p>
<p>The use of standardized test does not value diversity as there are a wide range of disparities in those people who take standardised tests. These people have different learning and thinking styles, they have different cultural backgrounds, they have different past experiences, they have different family backgrounds, and different levels of proficiency in the English language. In spite of all these differences, the standardized tests treat them as if they were all one and the same. This means that they were the same to the group that did the test sometimes back.</p>
<p>Moreover, standardised tests favour the one with socio-economic advantage more so, the test companies. For instance, the companies that manufacture tests, they manufacture the courses and programs that can be used to prepare for the tests as well. Those with financial benefits can even acquire special tutors that will assist them on the tests. Those who are not financially stable and the school is in a low socio-economic region that gets less funding as compared to rich suburban schools, then they are not likely to get the same preparation for the test as those at the higher socio-economic levels perform.</p>
<p>Also, standardised test results are more emphasized in recent times, so teachers are spending much more time teaching the test. As a result, teachers tend to leave out anything that might be of great help to the student and the world outside but not included in the standardized test.&nbsp; Instead most of the time meant for learning is used on taking tests or preparing for the tests thus shuts out the opportunity of learning anything new and significant.</p>
<p>Standardized tests do not prepare the students for the real world since they take place in an artificial learning environment, yet education is aimed at preparing students for the real world. In addition, standardized tests generate stress which might cause harm both physically and psychologically. In case it overpowers the brain, it becomes difficult to&nbsp; engage in higher order thinking processes that are essential to respond correctly to the standardized test questions.</p>
<p>Furthermore, standardized tests diminish the affluence of human experience and human learning to a meaningless experience. Actually, this dehumanizes the student since a student may have a profound acquaintance of a particular subject but is not acknowledged for it as his test score might have been low. What&rsquo;s more, people who develop standardized tests are ordinary people just like any other person. They possess similar traits some of which are negative and others positive. For instance, racism as with Lewis Terman and Edward Thorndike who was a specialist. More to this those who develop standardized tests are those persons with high level of education, yet these tests are meant for kids.</p>
<p>In addition, standardized tests give parents and teachers a false sense of security such that they give an assumption that a student who scores well is familiar with the material. In order to pass the tests, some students try to memorize the tricks, facts and formulae required to pass an exam. Some of the students are therefore unable to comprehend the deeper meaning of any given principles, hence end up memorizing. Sometimes, standardized tests do not serve the educational purpose; instead, they fulfil the political, financial and administrative purposes. For instance, politicians win elections by promising better results, test companies make a lot of money and so forth.</p>
<p>It is time wasting doing these standardised tests whereas the student would be doing something more valuable instead. Again, standardized tests are discouraging due to negative labelling of the weak students. These students might loss self esteem hence negatively influencing the performance. The right students are always expected to stay on at all costs throughout the schooling period. These students suffer if they happen to e out of track in their performance as expected. They also lack such aspects as creativity, spiritual aspirations, and compassion, among others.</p>
<p>In some cases schools have idealistic definitions of achievements such as high test scores which are a point of pride and good reputation. Yet, if closely observed, the teaching and learning do not impress. Therefore, these schools cannot be entrusted to provide quality education to ensure that the students are well educated. Furthermore, the testing does not necessarily measure what is happening in the classroom. What determines the class performance in a standardised exam is the preparation for the test but not what the students absorb in the class.</p>
<p>The test results in standardized tests cannot be valid or relied upon especially by the students with disabilities. Besides, standardised tests are not ideal because they incur high costs of administering the tests to the students national wide. Whereas standardized tests imply that everyone should be at the same level of knowledge, the reality is that diversity determines the level of the students. In terms the required language, learners who have not yet acquired the language necessary to fulfil the requirements asked of them in standardized test, are not represented.</p>
<p>The standardised tests tend not to be necessary since they rarely show what the students do not know. Besides, teachers apply different grading standards for different classes and schools which become meaningless since the grades vary widely. This variation might be brought about by the composition of the students, teacher&rsquo;s ability, teacher&rsquo;s conception of the achievement and teacher&rsquo;s sense of equity and vigour. More so learners tend to learn at different rates yet this rate is not applied when administering these standardised tests. So, standardized tests ought not to be given so much prominence since there is very little learnt from it.</p>

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