As a former music teacher I noticed that a week or two before standardized tests all classes/recess were cancelled to cram test ?'s and answers to the test. Does this really prove what kids have learned or how successful they will be in life?
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I totally agree. Not to mention there are plenty of successful adults who do not pursue careers in material covered in the test. There has to be a better way of proving children understand and can use information taught to them.
That's very interesting!
I do think there are minimal standards kids need to know, just think there has to be a better way of testing it. Having kids cram by memorizing facts on the test for a week before the test doesn't prove real knowledge.
Thank you for your answer. I'm in complete agreement.
I agree 100%! I don't understand why our schools do this or what they think they are really proving with the results.
I believe it is partly politics. Also, I think they believed in it when they first started it, but since then, it has been proven to be bad. Now, it would take more politics and money to radically change them.
Thank you for your answer. I agree there have to be certain standards met but cramming the answers before the test doesn't prove practical knowledge. I wonder if there is a better way altogether to assess if what was learned can be used.
Well as I said for us it was all just part of the classes, If you were in the second semester of English you were expected to know certain things without extra study. We never had a chance to cram.