Friday, February 3, 2012
Until now, I was unsure of my beliefs and/or opinion regarding children being accessed in school for intelligence. Now that I have done my research on it I really find that it's necessary and has many benefits for both the children, the child's parents, and for the teachers. As everything else, I also believe it has some cons but I feel the pros outweigh the cons. Different types of testing is used in many different aspects of society such as driving, for business, and for education. There are several different types of assessments for young children. These include: Informal tests, formal tests, paper-pencil tests, performance tests, traditional assessments, authentic assessments, and standardized testing along with teacher-develop assessments. In most cases, standardized testing is given in the classroom. Assessments serve many purposes. Some of the purposes are: They guide instructional decision making, promote learning, promote self-regulation, determine what students have learned, and diagnose learning and performance problems.
When it comes to children being assessed I feel it's important that specific things are measured. I feel that children should be measured/assessed socially (How they interact with others), what they know (Their knowledge) their strengths and weaknesses, comprehension, and behavior/personality. If children were assessed based on how well they interact others teachers and parents can see if a child is behind in speech/language and if so they can get the child some help while they are still young. They can see if the child shows any signs of being anti-social, shy, or even outgoing. Knowing what the children knows is important for teachers and parents. This will allow the teachers to better understand their students and to create lesson plans each week. If the teacher is able to see in what areas the child excels in and what their weaknesses are, they will be able to help them work on those things. I feel it's very important for a child's behavior to be assessed just because a child's behavior tells a lot about the type of person they are and what is going on in their home life. It speaks high volumes for children who are not social and don't like to talk about things that are going on in their life.
"I don't believe those standardized tests are effective & instead a waste of time. Why? Because students don't usually care how they do & teachers only dothem because they are told they must do them to get government funding for their schools. Furthermore, time is wasted on studying for those tests instead of better use of time actually teaching students skills they will actually use in the real world beyond the educational arena. They tell the kids to be unique, then tell them to standardize themselves to this test & dress alike at commencement. How is that being unique???" (Ann Hampton, 2012)
"Needs more data than just one test! It is too much pressure on students & teachers. I just don't think it's an accurate reflection on the students' knowledge." (Roxanne Rheinscheld, 2012)
"Stacy, because of these tests I put my kids in a private school!!!" (Lysa Williams, 2012)
"How many standardized kids do you know?" (Tanya Rapavi, 2012)
Out of these four mothers, not one of them agreed or was for standardized testing. I found that quite interesting!
Cassidy, S. (2008, February 08). Our children tested to destruction. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/our-children-tested-to-destruction-779790.html