Standardized Testing is not a Good Policy in K-12 Education

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Standardized Testing is not a Good Policy in K-12 Education
Thesis: Standardized testing is not a good policy for American education. Test results are often used inappropriately. The amount of time and resources devoted to testing outweighs the benefits received. Testing leads to inappropriate and less interesting methods of instruction, limits the amount of exposure to subjects not tested and in general substitutes drudgery and boredom for what should be the joy of learning.
The Greek philosopher Socrates “tested” his students by engaging them in intellectual conversations. This was perhaps the ‘gold standard’ of assessment. Over the past few thousand years we have moved farther and farther from this ideal (Mathews).
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