High Stakes Standardized Testing


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High Stakes Standardized Testing

  1. 1. High-Stakes Standardized Testing Emily Grover EDU 290
  2. 2. Background Introduction Information Impact on What can be done to K-12 Education address this issue? Conclusion References High-Stakes Standardized Testing
  3. 3. What is High-Stakes Standardized Testing •Government- mandated standardized tests •Mainly multiple choice •No Child Left Behind
  4. 4. Why is it important? All students must take these tests Used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of students and the school’s curriculum Teachers and educators base curriculum off of what will be on the test to help prepare students
  5. 5. Background Information No Child Left Behind •Driving force behind High-Stakes Standardized Testing •Passed in Congress in 2001 •Became law in 2002
  6. 6. Background Information Four Pillars of No Child Left Behind Stronger Accountability for Results More Freedom for States and Communities Proven Education Methods More Choices for Parents Taken from The U.S Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml
  7. 7. Background Information How are No Child Left Behind and high-stakes standardized testing connected? Under No Child Left Behind, each state must have an annual assessment of their schools The majority of states use standardized tests to measure student progress Information from The National Fair and Open Testing http://www.fairtest.org/
  8. 8. Impact on K-12 Education Pros Cons Learn certain Taught only subject areas what will be on the tests Assess what Do not assess students are skills such learning and analysis, retaining synthesis, evaluation, and creativity (Neill)
  9. 9. What can be done to address the issue? Solution: Use formative assessments instead Problem with the solution: According to the article “The Case Against High-Stakes Testing,” teachers aren’t skilled in many forms of assessment. Solution to this problem: Require ongoing professional development and provide time for teachers to collaborate on curriculum, instruction, and assessment (Neill).
  10. 10. Conclusion High-Stakes Standardized Testing needs to be changed The current system is not helping the students Educational reform needs to take place and make the system more beneficial to the students
  11. 11. References All images from Microsoft PowerPoint Clipart Neill, Monty. "The Case Against High-Stakes Testing." Principal (Reston, Va.). 85.4 (March/April 2006): 28- 30, 32. http://www.fairtest.org http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml