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Teachers are faced with more and more challenges as time progresses The job of the teacher used to just be to impart knowledge to your students but now the teacher must be a moral guide for their pupils as well In addition to all the normal problems a teacher runs in to in a coarse of their year they now are faced with more and more state mandated standardized tests These test have become the indicators for whether a teacher is a suitable educator as well as whether a students is smart The tests are becoming greater and number and more specific in material as the years go bye Teachers are faced with a bit of a dilemma Do they teach the students all the knowledge they are supposed to learn in that specific grade or do they teach to the exams Do these standardized tests really prove anything How usefully are they to the state the teacher or the parent This paper will look at what exactly these tests are whether teachers are teaching to the exams dos and dont for teachers who need to teach these exams as well as what we learn from these exams A standardize test is any examination thats administered and scored in a predetermined standard manner There are two major kinds of standardized tests aptitude tests and achievement tests Educational Leadership March 1999 The first kind of exam mentioned was aptitude tests Aptitude tests are tests that are supposed to predict how well students are likely to achieve in some later educational setting Some examples of these exams are the SATs and the ACTs Achievement tests are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the schools and their teachers The school board superintendents and principles look at these exams An example of an achievement test it Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills CTBS tests These exams are designed to create a tool that educational professionals can use to make valid
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