My Hypothesis – Rowanluvr29

1.) Students and standardized tests

2.) Students and the purpose of standardized testing.

3.) The effect standardized tests have on a student’s academic confidence.

4.) Standardized tests act like a gauge of a student’s abilities in the classroom

5.) Eliminating standardized tests will reduce academic insecurities in the classroom.

6.) Standardized tests do not accurately show a student’s academic capabilities.

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1 Response to My Hypothesis – Rowanluvr29

  1. davidbdale says:

    There’s back-and-forth in your sequence here, RL.

    3.) The effect standardized tests have on a student’s academic confidence.
    5.) Eliminating standardized tests will reduce academic insecurities in the classroom.

    4.) Standardized tests act like a gauge of a student’s abilities in the classroom.
    6.) Standardized tests do not accurately show a student’s academic capabilities.

    You want to claim that Standardized Tests destroy confidence and create insecurity. There’s surely merit to that claim, but how do Standardized Tests differ from any other sort of test (presumably scheduled, anticipated, and graded) that purports to measure academic capabilities? Surely test results provide confidence for students who score well, and also assure them of their capabilities, right?

    Take this course as an obvious outlier for your claim. There will be no standardized test. Your grade will be based on how well you think, research, write. Or rather . . . on how well ONE PERSON believes you think research, write. There’s no crosscheck for accuracy and no second opinion in a course like this. Would that meet your ideal replacement for Standardized Tests?

    The only time I “teach to the test” is when I use the APPEARANCE of a quiz to facilitate paying attention. The White Paper quiz is of no consequence to anybody’s grade in this course, but it will compel a percentage of students to spend time learning the details of the White Paper.

    Between 4 and 6, you can’t decide whether STs do or don’t measure capability. They certainly measure one thing, maybe two. The ability to memorize AND the ability to take tests. If what you mean is “Education based on STs does not prepare anyone for life after school except professional test-takers” I’d say you’re off to a better start.

    Does that help?

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