I need your help!!

I am doing a presentation thursday called,

” Controversies in Standardized Testing”, and I want to know what you think…please respond ASAP:)

Controversies in Standardized Testing…What do you think about the FCAT, or relatively standardized testing in general?

1. Does it have a positive or negative effect on children and learning?

2. Do you believe it is culturally biased?

3. Do you think that it is subject matter biased? (Doesn’t really measure what the child does know)

I would appreciate if you could answer these questions for a presentation I am doing ASAP:)

Thanks!

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7 thoughts on “I need your help!!

  1. Ya know Ang – I don’t really know I guess. I know our children have taken mandatory state tests…I’m assuming those are the same. We haven’t found those to be biased in any way.

    I don’t see how it would alter the childs outlook on learning, unless of course they were not prepared and bombed it – but that would effect anyone.

    I guess I don’t understand #3… so maybe the tests my kiddos have taken are different from the one you are talking about here.

    I just realized I forgot to set you up on IM today…

    It’s been a day for me. I’m not feeling well and have been down all evening. I’ll try to remember to do that tomorrow!

    love you friend!

  2. Ok I’m going to try to give you two points of view. Reg Weaver President of the National Education Association believes: there is an overwhelming emphasis given to standardized testing in america’s schools. This concern is heightened when high stakes are attached to the outcomes of such tests. Teachers and parents worry that more and more of the important things that prepare us for life will be pushed off the curriculum plate to make room for test preparations. Reg feels that teachers are teaching to the test and not for the kids best interests. Rod Paige who was secretary of education from 2001-2005 ( when no child left behind was put into effect.) Says Testing is a part of life (sat’s)We are tested if we want to practice a trade whether it be to get a cosmetology license, a drivers permit or pilot training.Educational accountablility is the cornerstone for no child left behind act. Accountability for results, empowering parents with information about school performance and giving them options, more local control and flexibility to tailor the law to local circumstance. AOf the ten fastest growing occupations in the United States, the top five are computer related which are jobs that require high level skills High school dropouts need not apply. For millions of children, they were given a seat in the school but not an education of the mind.

  3. 1. Does it have a positive or negative effect on children and learning?
    We live in Texas so our standardized testing is a different measurement but same philosophy. Experientially, it appears to have a negative effect on students from my observations as an educator. A plethora of our educational objectives involves teaching to take the test. Performance is imperative determining funding & futures.

    2. Do you believe it is culturally biased? I believe that scoring is biased culturally.

    3. Do you think that it is subject matter biased? (Doesn’t really measure what the child does know). In our state, it does measure what has been taught. Preparation leaves such little room to teach appropriate curriculum on grade-level.

    Seems to me standardized testing today compromises the integrity of our educational goals. I just scored the essay portion of the October administration of the SAT college entrance examination. Two minutes is alloted to read each 1-2 page essay using a rubric to determine a senior’s future. So much rides on these standardized tests.

    Another area is that there are some learning styles who don’t perform well on tests. How unfair to kinesthetic learners for so much to ride on a standardized test.

    I LOVE teaching. I love learning.

    Don’t know what you were looking for but wanted to respond to your questions so you could have a thought or two from someone.
    I wonder what you are up to???

  4. 1. Does it have a positive or negative effect on children and learning?
    We live in Texas so our standardized testing is a different measurement but same philosophy. Experientially, it appears to have a negative effect on students from my observations as an educator. A plethora of our educational objectives involves teaching to take the test. Performance is imperative determining funding & futures.

    2. Do you believe it is culturally biased? I believe that scoring is biased culturally.

    3. Do you think that it is subject matter biased? (Doesn’t really measure what the child does know). In our state, it does measure what has been taught. Preparation leaves such little room to teach appropriate curriculum on grade-level.

    Seems to me standardized testing today compromises the integrity of our educational goals. I just scored the essay portion of the October administration of the SAT college entrance examination. Two minutes is alloted to read each 1-2 page essay using a rubric to determine a senior’s future. So much rides on these standardized tests.

    Another area is that there are some learning styles who don’t perform well on tests. How unfair to kinesthetic learners for so much to ride on a standardized test.

    I LOVE teaching. I love learning.

    Don’t know what you were looking for but wanted to respond to your questions so you could have a thought or two from someone.
    I wonder what you are up to???

  5. 1. Does it have a positive or negative effect on children and learning?
    this testing has always had a negative effect on my kids..way too much hype from teachers of how important this testing is.

    2. Do you believe it is culturally biased? don’t know

    3. Do you think that it is subject matter biased? (Doesn’t really measure what the child does know)
    Yes, and it doesn’t take into consideration that some students are “A” students and “D” test takers…I do have a child like that..very poor test taker, but she will ace everything else, and understand more than the boy after the test.

  6. Hi I got here by way of Gods Gal blog.

    This link provides a lot of info, including different opinions, on standardize testing.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/schools/etc/guide.html

    My unprofessional opinion:

    1. Does it have a positive or negative effect on children and learning?

    I think standardized testing is a tool used to measure and grade how effective schools are. Lower scores may mean less gov’t money. My best guess is that it doesn’t have much effect on the actual learning process on way or the other.

    2. Do you believe it is culturally biased?

    I don’t see how the cultural that creates the test could not have some degree of basis in the question selected for the test.

    3. Do you think that it is subject matter biased?

    I don’t think the subject matter itself is biased. How the subject matter is treated in school books will likely reflect a cultural basis.

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