Victor S. New Mexico

The Problems Of Standardized Testing

Standardized testing doesnt work for everybody.

Dear future President,

        I am a student from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and my topic is standardized testing. Some of the things I'm going to be talking about is that standardized testing does not accurately  show a student performance and "Teaching to the test" is replacing good teaching practices with "drill n' kill" rote learning. This topic is very important to me because as a student I am exposed to many standardized tests. The way we learn now does not really help me learn how to do the topics we're doing. The money spent on the test is really not well placed, because instead of fixing the school or helping the fine arts program Albuquerque decided to spend nine million dollars on the PARCC test alone. Albuquerque also spent 3.7 million dollars to make the computers capable of supporting the PARCC test.

       The solution for this major problem sounds pretty easy right? Just stop the PARCC test and don't  spend nine million dollars. The PARCC test is much harder than any other test we take throughout our high school career, because the curriculum we take in school does not apply to the curriculum we need for the test. Also in the state of Illinois the state is going to spend about 57 million dollars on the PARCC test alone. students will spend approximately about nine to eleven hours on the PARCC. Instead of looking at testing at national point of view we should have the state and local teacher decide the graduation requirements.

       In conclusion, I would like to thank you for your service to this country and the people. I hope you have big plans for the future of this country; I am very interested to see what you do for the people. 


Victor S