First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Julia PerdueFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Mahfuja Malik and Dr. Suzanne Marmo-Roman

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

American educators and students are greatly impacted by standardized tests in their academic lives. Standardized tests are a growing issue in public schools due to low scores, school sanctions, curriculum changes, and increased pressure on students and teachers. Research suggests that teachers may feel obligated to change their instructional patterns to prepare students for standardized tests. Students are spending much of their instructional time learning memorization and test-taking strategies. Test scores are being used to evaluate both students and teachers. However, research shows that standardized test scores may not be able to sufficiently measure students' full capability in the classroom and may be a poor representation of teacher effectiveness. This paper aims to determine that standardized tests are not a fair and accurate representation of a student's progress and achievement. Further recommendations include observing, understanding, and learning from teachers personal experience with standardized testing in their classroom as well as giving students a voice to advocate for themselves. The solution may not include removing standardized tests from public education. Yet, it may include finding alternatives in addition to test scores in order to measure and evaluate student and teacher success.

College and Major available

Interdisciplinary Studies BA/BS

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Honors Capstone HN300-A, Muhfaja Malik and Suzanne Marmo-Roman

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Interdisciplinary Studies

Honors Student

December 2022

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Julia Perdue's associated paper is available here as an additional file.

Academic Festival Poster.pdf (76 kB)
Festival Poster

Perdue Capstone Final Paper-Festival.pdf (152 kB)
Capstone Paper

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

Standardized Tests Role in the Academic Lives of Students and Teachers

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

American educators and students are greatly impacted by standardized tests in their academic lives. Standardized tests are a growing issue in public schools due to low scores, school sanctions, curriculum changes, and increased pressure on students and teachers. Research suggests that teachers may feel obligated to change their instructional patterns to prepare students for standardized tests. Students are spending much of their instructional time learning memorization and test-taking strategies. Test scores are being used to evaluate both students and teachers. However, research shows that standardized test scores may not be able to sufficiently measure students' full capability in the classroom and may be a poor representation of teacher effectiveness. This paper aims to determine that standardized tests are not a fair and accurate representation of a student's progress and achievement. Further recommendations include observing, understanding, and learning from teachers personal experience with standardized testing in their classroom as well as giving students a voice to advocate for themselves. The solution may not include removing standardized tests from public education. Yet, it may include finding alternatives in addition to test scores in order to measure and evaluate student and teacher success.

 

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