Pennsylvania Mom Michele Gray Opts Her Children Out Of Standardized Testing
Its refreshing to see that parents have started to take action against standardized testing. Personally, having written the GRE myself I can’t help but consider such tests to be a paradox in themselves; a standardized way to proove that one is not standard (above par) at all?
The design and method of execution of such standardized tests take away from the natural aptitudes and educative makeup of students (i.e. written tests vs alternative methods of execution such as verbal/expressive/on hands etc)
Here in Canada, the focus is much less rigorous, when considering the integration of standardized testing but is undergone every few years between middle and high school. Although its claimed that opting out of such tests affect the yearly progress of the schools, perhaps the focus should be on re-vamping the structure as such tests do very little in measuring a student’s understanding of concepts (and its application) but rather force students to resort to forms of memorization and cubersome methods of learning.
But perhaps that’s the problem…yet again the quality of education has been put on the back burner.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost