The Importance of Standardized Testing

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  • 0:57 Objectivity Of Tests
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Although controversial in its application, standardized testing is an important tool for teachers, administrators, and education officials. This lesson will discuss several reasons why standardized testing is important.

Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is a form of testing that is created, administered, and scored in the same way for all students in order to obtain an objective picture of student, teacher, school, and district performance. This type of testing has become increasingly common in schools since the enactment of No Child Left Behind in the early 2000s, which required schools to perform well on the tests to keep funding and support.

These tests are not without their share of controversy. However, this lesson will focus on the importance of standardized testing and it helps our education system. Whether you agree or disagree about the effectiveness of standardized testing, it is hard to deny that the tests are important for several reasons. Most educators hold very strong opinions regarding the tests, and it is helpful to see why these tests are important before forming your own.

Objectivity of Tests

The first reason these standardized tests are important is because they are excellent objective indicators of student performance. The tests are designed to measure how well students learned the skills important to meet state standards. In this regard, they are incredibly effective. Because the tests are written, administered, and scored in the same way regardless of student, school, or district, they can give a clear picture of how schools are meeting educational standards.

Standardized tests ensure objectivity because professionals familiar with the skills necessary to meet state standards write them. These officials are in no way associated with any particular school and write the tests so that they only measure how well students are learning. These tests are then administered in the exact same way in every classroom and scored the exact same way by someone else who is not related to any individual school.

Educators Accountability

The objectivity of the standardized tests leads to the next reason they are important. Because of their objectivity and ability to measure student learning, standardized tests are useful tools for holding teachers, schools, and districts accountable for success or failure. The tests help education officials pinpoint where something isn't working in a school or district.

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