Overall I think the article is more on the side agreeing with standardized testing so I can use a couple of arguments that they brought up. The biggest are how they help rank citizens for military purposes and the good they do for getting international data and seeing how we stack up compared to other countries. Also the article talks about the history of the tests which would help me give a wider context and better understanding to my paper. According to Arne Duncan “The results are extraordinarily challenging to us and we have to deal with the brutal truth. We have to get much more serious about investing in education.” (Gale). This quote shows that some people think we have to push even harder with these standardized tests in order to keep up with the other nations intelligence. So not only should we keep testing we should make it harder according to this website. ***"Standardized Testing." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/PC3010999023/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=62436c69. Accessed 3 May 2018.
This article helps me because it is a credible resource that it is on the same side as me. The new points learned from this article are crucial because I didn’t even think about some of them. A couple of examples are, how many days are spent studying for or taking tests, and the closing down of schools is losing jobs which everyone can agree is bad. The most scary point is that "Bubble tests are developmentally inappropriate for the youngest learners. Emphasis on “skill drill and kill” fails to stimulate children’s imagination and limits their natural curiosity." (Strauss). Strauss statement frightens me because the curiosity of children is on of the greatest things in the world and is definitely not worth losing over a standardized test. ***Strauss, Valerie. “13 Ways High-Stakes Standardized Tests Hurt Students.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 11 Mar. 2014, www.washingtonpost.com
The video is based on the negative sides of standardized tests. The five points that they brought up were; it interferes with learning, it's unnecessary, its objective, the costs (money), and the stress. The theme of the points are that the tests create problems that don't necessarily have to exist. The tests put students and teachers under a lot of stress causing them to sometimes cheat an alter the learning process in negative ways (Alllensworth). Basically, the tests are good in some ways but they aren't worth the problems that come with them. ***“What's Wrong with Standardized Testing?” YouTube, uploaded by the school project, 12 Mar. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW-zWArUESQ.
The video talks about why we need standardized testing and the important role it plays in the school system. The video mentions how the tests create our students to be accountable but the main argument is for the data we receive from the tests. The data helps the staff analyze the students and see where they are at. Then the staff uses that data to create and better succeed in teaching the curriculum (Albert-Reese). ***"Why Do We Need Standardized Testing?” YouTube, uploaded by The School Project, 12 Mar. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?
This picture illustrates how the system is unfair because not everybody is the same. The picture quotes "FOR A FAIR SELECTION EVERYBODY HAS TO TAKE THE SAME EXAM" (Mihajlovic). The article helps my case by showing how not everybody is the same and how its just not fair in some cases to give students the same exam. The comic is a great visual for a major problem with standardized tests. ***Mihajlovic, Ana. “What's Creative?” From High School Drop-Out to Harvard Professor, 1 Jan. 1970, whatscreativeluc.blogspot.com/2016/02/from-high-school-drop-out-to-harvard.html.picture
Ankur Singh was a high school student who crushed high school up until his senior year when the heavy standardize tests kicked in and he started to struggle. He hated the tests because he felt as if he wasn't learning and just studying for the tests (Strauss). A smart kid like this who just got punished by the system is exactly what the problem is, where schools just teach for the test, narrow the curriculum, and just suck. I think this story would really help me sell my point because it’s pretty common. ***Strauss, Valerie. “One Teen's Standardized Testing Horror Story (and Where It Will Lead).” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Nov. 2012, www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/09/one-teens-standardized-testing-horror-story-and-where-it-will-lead/?