Reasons and Purposes for Standardized Testing

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  • 0:47 Comparisons
  • 1:39 Accountability
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Instructor: Shaundra Boyd
Ever wanted to know the big deal behind standardized testing? Take a close look at why standardized testing is important for students, teachers, and parents.

Standardized Testing

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about standardized testing? All the hype about standardized testing has parents, teachers, students, and the community searching for the answers to find out what standardized testing is really all about.

Standardized testing is any examination that is administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner. The purpose and reasons for standardized testing are plenty and must be fully understood by all those that are impacted by it. Standardized testing allows for comparisons to be made among schools in regards to student achievement, ensures accountability for teachers, and has the ability to inform instruction for educators. These important reasons show why standardized testing is one of the hottest topics in education.


One reason for standardized testing is its ability to allow for comparisons about student achievement among schools. How do we know how well students are performing among various counties in Georgia? How can we determine which students are performing well in various states? We utilize standardized testing data to answer these questions.

Without standardized testing, we cannot make the necessary comparisons that impact student achievement. Public school students in Atlanta, Georgia are required to take the same test as students in Savannah, Georgia. This means that a student in Atlanta can be compared to a student in Savannah. The same is true for students that live New York or Texas. The ability to compare this data is invaluable for the profession because it shows us what is working and where it's working. This can lead to meaningful conversations that can help us continue to improve student achievement.


Teacher accountability is another major reason for standardized testing implementation. Teachers make the decisions about what happens in their classrooms. What they do in the classroom has a significant impact on student's performance in a given year. Because standardized testing measures student mastery of grade level standards, standardized testing is utilized to hold teachers accountable for the work they do.

For example, this fifth grade teacher focused on making the best decisions to ensure his or her students mastered the standards. Their performance on standards test serve as one indicator of what my students learned during his or her instruction. Standardized testing allows us to gather the data needed to let us know just how teachers are doing.

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