The use of standardized testing to me is a very unfair way to test students on academic achievement. This is because of the variety of ways students learn. Teacher Joe will teach the curriculum different than teacher Bob. As a result the students will have different results because of the many different styles the teachers teach in.
Their is a few things that I find concerning about standardized testing. As Dr. Marc Spooner and Paul Orlowski state in the article “Standardized testing (almost) comes to Saskatchwan“,
- Standardized testing diverts teaching time and monetary resources away from student supports, teachable moments, and direct teacher-student contact time.
- They are culturally biased, and biased against those for whom reading and/or English is a challenge.
- Often induce a unhealthy anxiety in students.
- Teachers will teach to the test.
As a result standardized testing and standardized curriculum takes away the idea of having authentic real world learning experiences being taught in the class. We cannot talk about what is currently happening in the world and have them be tested on relevant, current topics important in today’s society. Standardized testing will make for social justice teaching to be much more difficult.