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What Test Imagine for a minute that you are a high school senior with your entire life ahead of you You may have dreams of going to college and becoming a rocket scientist or getting a job at the local factory and starting a family Whatever your goals are they all depend on you receiving a high school diploma Without that little piece of paper the options for your future become very limited Now imagine that you have bad test anxiety and have trouble-taking test Just recently you have been told that a new policy has been put into affect in the area where you live that mandates that all seniors pass a standardized test to receive a high school diploma Now your future rests on your ability to pass one test A persons future should not be judged on a high-stakes test Students should not have to pass a standardized test also known as a high-stakes test to receive a high school diploma High school students should not be forced to take high-stakes test High-stakes tests are not a viable means of testing the competence of a student This can be proven by the fact of score inflation A CRESST paper entitled The Effects of High-Stakes Testing on Achievement demonstrates that standardized test force what is known as teaching to the test Phelps The researchers compared student performance in math and reading from one commercial test given under high-stakes conditions in one school district to the student performance on a different commercial test with no stakes According to research students who took the high-stakes test showed improved scores overtime However the test issued solely for the purpose of study showed no improvement over time Phelps Many feel that the high-stakes test scores become inflated because teachers are forced to teach the materials on the test Meaning that high-stakes test are not a legitimate way to judge the overall knowledge of a student
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