Katya E. Texas

Standardized Testing

Reasons why we should get rid of standardized testing.

Dear President of the United States,

Congratulations on being elected for President. It’s nice to know that you're going to take over the U.S. for the next 4 years. Mr./Ms. President, you should create an alternative to standardized testing to reduce the stress from testing. There have been claims that standardized testing can create a lot of stress on both educators and students, meanwhile standardized testing gives teachers guidance to help them determine what to teach students and when to teach it.

Standardized testing can have its cons. Some people have said that standardized testing can create a lot of stress on both educators and students. Students worry too much and get stressed over test. There are many cases where students are always in their room studying and don’t get time to have a social life. Majority of students report being more stressed by test and by schoolwork than by anything else in their lives. About 11 percent of the children surveyed reported severe psychological and physiological symptoms tied to the assessments.

To help resolve this issue, you need propose that instead of taking standardized testing you can make some kind of alternative. If we got rid of some testing and brought in an alternative it would take away a lots of stress from the students and educators. For example, you can have major projects to determine what students know or don’t know and by that teachers will determine what to teach students and when to teach it.

Although standardized can have it’s cons it can also have it’s pros. Standardized testing helps teachers determine what to teach students and when to teach it. Testing holds teachers and schools accountable. Probably the greatest benefit of standardized testing is that teachers and schools are responsible for teaching students what they are required to know for these standardized tests. This is primarily because these scores become public record and teachers and schools who don’t perform up to par can come under intense scrutiny. This scrutiny can lead to the loss of job and in some cases a school can be closed or taken over by the state.

Congratulations on being president once again and I hope you take this standardized testing issue into consideration and that you can help improve this issue. It would be very nice to help to get rid of some test to decrease the amount of stress on both teachers and students.


Katya E.

Work Cited

"Text Anxiety." American Test Anxieties Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

Thompson, Rhema. "Too Much Test Stress? Parents, Experts Discuss High-Stakes Standardized Test Anxiety." WJCT NEWS. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

By Mar. 2002, after a Surge in Testing and the Passing of NCLB, That Figure Dropped to 47%. "Standardized Tests - ProCon.org." ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

University, Columbia, and Office Of Work/life. Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

@greatschools. "Are We Stressing out Our Kids? | Parenting." Parenting. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

Cedar Valley Middle School

Ms. Collins' students

These are the wonderful ideas of my 8th grade students and their advice to the next President of the United States.

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