We all have grown up feeling that it was pretty normal and expected that we would be taking standardized tests. But, are these tests fairly measuring how we are going to do educationally in life? In my opinion, I disagree with the idea that these tests are a prediction of how someone will do educationally. For a quick overview, standardized tests are mainly used for judging success and failure rates in students, teachers, and school systems. Public officials look at these tests to see how a school and education system is doing, and school use these scores to determine how an individual is doing in school and if they are ready to move on in grades and then eventually determines graduation. There are many reasons that I do not agree with these tests. One reason is they cannot test on or prepare for how someone is going to do in the outside, real world. Also, they sometimes can be unfairly judged. There is studies that show that for some people tests can raise their stress level, especially ones that can show this much importance. Because of that tests scores can be lowered due to a person not being able to fully focus on what they are doing. I also don't agree with these tests being used as a main outlook on people getting into a specific college. There are a lot of other factors that can determine how well someone will do in their school work and how successful they will be in their life, and those other aspects are things that I feel should be more focused on. Overall, I feel that standardized tests are reasonable for grade levels 1-4 to mainly determine how well a school/education system is doing but I do not feel that they should be looked at in determining how well someone is going to do later in school or life.
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