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Standardized Testing

Is It Effective?

In the video above, John Oliver of Last Week Tonight talks about American Standardized Testing. Although this video is lengthy, Oliver addresses many different topics and he provides a sundry of sources to back up his claims. And with the jokes aside, he addresses these issues in a very digestible manner for the average person.


Howard Gardener, Harvard Psychologist, began the theory of Multiple Intelligence. This theory states that there are eight different kinds of intelligence: Logical-Mathematical, Linguistic, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Spatial, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalistic. Standardized testing only measures Logical-Mathematical and Linguistic. That leaves six other types of intelligence untested and ignored. Those intelligence are what bring our society music, art, environment, and so much more. With these talents ignored, students are forced to believe they are talent-less. Instead of ignoring those talents, schools should adapt to measuring intelligence in form other than testing. Essays, presentations, and displays are all ways of observing intelligence that are just as valuable as tests.

How Else Do We Measure Intelligence?

When students are evaluated through standardized testing, the curriculum is often shrunk to exactly what is on the test (Sadker 299) . Not only is the taught material decreased, but students "learn" through memorization and often only retain information for a test. After that test, the information is not stored in long term memory and it is forgotten.

Children Learn Less?

Issues With American Standardized TestingPresented by: Sierra Setter

Whether standardized testing is effective or not is a topic that has circulated educators since it's creation. This form of testing began in the early to mid 18th century with the creation of Scholastic Aptitude Test, more commonly referred to as the SAT. At first creation, standardized testing's goal was to allow for children of all backgrounds to attend University, not just the elite. Today, it seems almost the opposite. These new tests target children from wealthy families. Wealthy students have better access to books, technology, and nicer schools. Because standardized testing is factually based, students with better access to these facts succeed at at a higher rate than others. Also, because these facts are factually based, they ignore many other forms of intelligence including musical, interpersonal, and existential. Most likely the biggest flaw with standardized testing is the stress and anxiety it places on students and teachers. Both students and teachers fear bad scores on these exams as they equally reflect both of them. This anxiety leads both teachers and students to cheat in hopes of improving their scores.

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"Anxiety has increased so much that typical schoolchildren during the 1980's reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did during the 1950's" -American Psychological Association

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Link to Video Just in Case

In 2016, Youtuber Prince Ea released a video of his spoken word piece. This piece speaks on the dangers of the current education system which revolves around standardized testing and competition. The main focus of his spoken word is to abolish curriculum and testing. The future needs students who uses creativity or individual talents rather than "robots". In this video, he even addresses the creator of standardized testing, Frederick J. Kelly, and how even he believes these tests are cruel and should not be used.

The People Vs. The School System: A Spoken Word

"These tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned."-Frederick J. Kelly   Inventor of the Standardized Test

Source Information : Teachers, School, and Society by David Miller Sadker

Source Information : Teachers, School, and Society by David Miller Sadker

Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies

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