The Tsunami of High-Stakes Testing
- Author: Anonymous, Teacher
- State: NY
- Test: Other
- Date: November 9 at 7:58 pm ET
“The tsunami of high-stakes testing and accountability has crashed on our educational shores with full force,” according to Wayne Au and Melissa Bollow Temple in their recent book, “Pencils Down” (2012). This “storm” is creating a stressful and rigorous school environment. Testing procedures are taking the joy out of school and leaving students feeling discouraged. Teachers are pressured to ensure their students receive good results. Time once spent on fun projects and creative activities is now spent on test preparation. High-stake testing results determine a school’s ranking, a teacher’s effectiveness, and a student’s educational path. How is one test adequate enough to portray all this? How can we expect all students to be healthy and focused on test day? What makes the government equipped to create these tests?
Schools, teachers, and students are more than just one test score. A bubble-sheet cannot describe potential. There are more effective ways to show growths, strengths, and weaknesses. Education activists need to take a stand. It is time to push back against this wave and strive for change.