First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Cristina PietromonacoFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Thomson and Dr. Trudeau

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Though standardized tests have been a traditional aspect of the United States public education system for centuries, resulting from the recent educational reforms, there has been much controversy over whether they continue to provide adequate value and influence. Standardized tests were first introduced to schools in the United States in order to find a standard for all students to be compared against, record teacher efficacy, and make states comply to federal educational reforms. The creation of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 reshaped standardized testing into an established system where all states were required to give students in selected grade levels standardized tests. It was replaced in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act which gave power to the states to make decisions regarding their own standardized testing to increase academic success (“Standardized Tests,” 2018). While supporters of standardized testing state it provides teacher accountability and motivates students, research suggests that standardized testing should be reevaluated because it causes increased stress, test anxiety and student and teacher cheating, and fails to account for relevant student demographics including gender, language, culture, social economic status and race.

College and Major available

STEM

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN-300-E Honors Capstone, Dr. Thomson and Dr. Trudeau

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Cristina Pietromonaco, STEM, Honors student, 2021

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The Effects of Standardized Testing on Students

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Though standardized tests have been a traditional aspect of the United States public education system for centuries, resulting from the recent educational reforms, there has been much controversy over whether they continue to provide adequate value and influence. Standardized tests were first introduced to schools in the United States in order to find a standard for all students to be compared against, record teacher efficacy, and make states comply to federal educational reforms. The creation of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 reshaped standardized testing into an established system where all states were required to give students in selected grade levels standardized tests. It was replaced in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act which gave power to the states to make decisions regarding their own standardized testing to increase academic success (“Standardized Tests,” 2018). While supporters of standardized testing state it provides teacher accountability and motivates students, research suggests that standardized testing should be reevaluated because it causes increased stress, test anxiety and student and teacher cheating, and fails to account for relevant student demographics including gender, language, culture, social economic status and race.

 

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