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Why do teachers hate standardized tests?

From a parent perspective, I want to know whether my kid's skills match what their report card says....

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    same reason they fear teacher evaluations,bodies of knowledge in history geography civics english lit,science biology get smooshed rollypollied kneaded and wrapped in once course ( almost all do this)  sosh,teachngs unstated goal being propogandizing students with lefty ideology,, millions of grads are passed on to the next level with minimal or failing  knowledge in previous courses,

    schools are run and wo/manned by lefties  simplicity of course description  setting of clear goals in achievement,would bring teacher incompetence to the fore 

      Good reason  is there to suspect your kid is not getting a proper education.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I would say many people disagree with it. No one learns the same way

  • 1 month ago

    Standardized tests are norm-referenced aptitude tests that are dumbed down to be suitable for the lowest common denominator. Teachers have to teach to the test which means students are robbed of the ability to learn actual skills and develop deeper knowledge of the subjects at hand because the tests focus on drilling the most basic information. 

    Standardized tests are great if you don’t really want an educated populace with independent thinking skills, but rather people who would rather defer to private school educated elites. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The standardized test content tends to dictate what teachers have to teach, and therefore limits what else they can teach.  As a result of standardized testing, which focuses primarily on math and English, students are exposed to less science, social studies, and other subjects.  This is part of the reason cursive writing is no longer taught in elementary school - they don't have time to cover it.  People want kids to learn all kinds of "life skills" in school, but there isn't time for that either; we can't teach kids to do their taxes, changes their tires, sew a button, etc because those topics aren't on the standardized tests.  "Teaching to the test" is never a good thing - it doesn't allow creative thought, critical thinking, thoughtful discussion and debate, etc.  It turns kids into robots who spit out the facts that they will be tested on.  That's not learning.

    In addition, standardized test results can be used to make decisions about teachers and schools, and this can be unfair.  Student performance on these tests is not ONLY a reflection on their learning in class and their teacher's ability to teach.  Students in poverty do worse on these tests across the board.  Students who are regularly absent do badly on these tests. Some students just don't care and don't try.  Parents can opt out of these tests, and it tends to be the parents of the better students who do.  So even though standardized tests offer only a glimpse of what goes on at a school, they are primarily responsible for the evaluation of the school. 

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    One of the reasons could be due to the fact that so many standardised tests are faulty in that they don't always test what they say they are testing.    Another problem can be due to how these tests are marked. Does the individual teacher do the marking or are the tests sent to a company which does the marking?  

  • 2 months ago

    such exams require that ALL of the likely content [teacher doesn't know in advance] be included in the covered material.  this limits teacher's ability to customize education.  the contrary position is that the typical 4 years of college as preparation teacher is ill equipped to invent the curriculum as well as deliver lessons and maintain discipline -- therefore, the content of the curriculum should be prepared by specialists in this task.  In case you didn't know, some churches do exactly this as well ...  -- grampa [married 32 years to uni professor of education]

  • 2 months ago

    Standardized testing does not take into consideration the many different ways a kid needs to learn. Every kid needs to learn in what ever way is best for them. I needed to be standing, was better suited to hands on rather than book learning, but standardized tests make the assumption that every kid is equal and that they all learn in the exact same way. That is why the testing is not a correct way to guage subject comprehension.

  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It evaluates how effective a teacher has been during the year. That then is supposedly used to teach those teachers how to be more productive.

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