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Simply put: one test does not fit all. For extremely high achieving schools, the Common Core aligned exams disrupt weeks of teaching and lesson plans. For lower performing schools, students are essentially taught to the test, also wasting valuable class time. As a senior, I didn't need to take the test. However, my computer science class was displaced in order to provide computers for the test takers so we could not even complete programs properly for about a month. (There was a post test 2-3 weeks after the initial test was given, extending that period to about 2 months). Maybe these tests promote harder work, but it's often directed the wrong way. At least the old state standardized test only used a few days from a single week.
Contributed by Lucy Zhang
Americans are often envious of China's and other Asian countries' performance on standardized tests. It's often pointed to as an impending disaster as our students fail as theirs succeed. But if you question this reasoning, then you've got to read this article. It's long, but it's SO WORTH IT! It's basic argument is that the only thing standardized tests do is test your adherence to conformity and authoritarianism. For all the high-performing students China has had, they have never had a Nobel laureate. We should not fall for the trap of thinking that high test scores will improve our economic and cultural achievements. Freedom, individualism and creativity may not yield high test scores, but they're our secret to success.
Contributed by Chuck Kao