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So what exactly do standardized tests measure? Good question!

Stephanie Bequer

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When it comes to standardized testing, what students see (and feel) isn’t always what they get.

Since the implementation of The No Child Left Behind Act in the early 2000s, the emphasis on standardized testing has increased.

Many are tired of these high stake tests, kids and teachers alike, and believe education has been ruined by the emphasis of standardized testing.

Anecdotal evidence indicates students have lost interest in learning because of this. And I would have to agree with that statement.

I have seen so many students doubt their own intelligence because of a less-than-great performance on a standardized test.  

A student can be very intelligent but get bad test scores. They can just be bad test takers, yet the tests can undermine a student’s self confidence.

Tests and grades can be deceiving.  Ask Junior Diego Zamora: “There are students who don’t try and are actually very smart, and then there are students who work their butts off and may have low grades”

There you have it.

Some say students have lost their drive. I’ve seen it. Some say schools are making students abandon motivation to do well in school.

But there is another interpretation.

“I think [the tests] can define how determined each individual student can be,” said guidance counselor Bonnie Mazza.

Is the test about what you know?  About what you are able to learn? Or on your motivation to succeed?  

Perhaps that question is best answered by each student individually.  

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