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Standardized Testing As a sophomore in high school I have endured years of standardized tests If we start counting in third grade I have wasted at least 30 days of my life taking tests so that I might be compared to a standard student that doesnt even exist all this so my school can make more money to spend on six TVs in the weight room For me these tests have generally been unbelievably easy scoring at least the 90 percentile in everything but I have also been raised in an upper-middle class family who actively seeks communities with better meaning richer schools My performance on these tests has at most been facile If we are using standardized tests as the sole factor in determining a students status or success in life then our educational system is truly treading a path towards discrimination teaching for the sake of tests and general discontent among teachers parents and most importantly students Testing itself derives from discrimination and misconceptions The developer of the SAT and dean of Princeton at the time stated The decline of American intelligence will be more rapid than the decline of the intelligence of European groups owing to the presence here of the Negro Carl Brigham More than six out of every ten African American tenth-graders in the class of 1998 failed the TAAS 18000 of 28000 Likewise almost six out of ten Mexican American sophomores scored below the cutoff point on at least one part of the TAAS exam 39000 of 68000 while only one third of white tenth-graders in the class of 1998 failed the TAAS graduation test 33000 of 114000 These results are staggering how accurate are these tests when almost 43 of students are failing 90000 of 210000 The often overlooked roots of testing date all the way back to the eugenics movement of the late 19th century This movement was spearheaded by two men Frances Galton and Charles
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