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  1. Introduction
  2. The Program for International Student Assessment
  3. Standardized tests
  4. Teachers part in helping improve our students' education
  5. Annual secondary education expenditures per student
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

In today's educational system, standardized testing under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is a main part of how the nation assesses our children's performance in school. This form of testing which is mandated under NCLB gives an inaccurate assessment of how well a child is learning classroom material. There are many alternatives that would not only help to accurately assess a student's performance, but would also help to reform our current educational system to be more efficient and productive in educating today's youth. These alternatives can be put in place in conjunction with the standardized testing under NCLB and therefore would not jeopardize the President's law. If this proposal is implemented the benefit our educational system would receive would be immeasurable as it would influence future generations by improving their education. Though there are many criticisms of standardized testing that will be explored presently, it is a way to easily assess a nation's overall educational performance even while it is inadequate for assessing on an individual basis.

[...] Dobbs also mentions that other countries that placed higher in the ranking have completely phased out standardized testing in favor of other assessments (A01). This demonstrates that our educational standards do not have to be based solely on one form of testing. In the PISA study conducted in 2000 the U. S. was ranked overall much higher than it is today. In the various graphs shown in the results of the PISA study of 2000 entitled ?School Factors Related to Quality and Equity,? the U.S. [...]

[...] Kris Hemmings answered the question you had alternative assessments would you use and she replied, I did have alternate assessments that would meet higher and lower students performances, then I would get rid of standardized testing? (n.p.). Both of these women, one a mother and the other, a teacher, are concerned with our use of standardized testing. This proposal would provide the parents and the teachers with an alternate means of assessing their children's performance. The proposal is feasible if the proper funds can be found and allocated. [...]

[...] In an article from the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) entitled ?What's Wrong with Standardized tests?? the authors answer many questions about the tests including whether the tests reflect what we know about how students learn (What's Wrong n.p.). The authors state that standardized tests don't reflect what we know about how students learn instead, Standardized tests are based in behaviorist psychological theories from the nineteenth century. While our understanding of the brain and how people learn and think has progressed enormously, tests have remained the same. [...]

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