The high stakes of standardized tests
5th graders at P.S. 146 in Brooklyn, NY took statewide tests in English and Math this year. Their test scores were used to rate their teacher's performance.
May 16th, 2012
04:48 PM ET

The high stakes of standardized tests

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN)- Standardized tests are nothing new in public schools. Chances are you filled out bubbles on an answer form at some point during your schooling. But for the past few years, scores from statewide tests in English and Math have been used to determine which schools are doing a good job of educating students and which are failing.

Today, the test results count for more than just a letter grade for a school. Teachers in some states are now being labeled good or bad based on their students’ scores. Welcome to the world of high-stakes standardized testing.

“I find it the most absurd thing in the world. I don’t know anyone who thinks they’re valid,” said Principal Anna Allanbrook at Public School 146 in Brooklyn New York.
“So the morale is down because teachers are worried that people who don’t really know their work will make decisions about their jobs.”

Standardized tests have long been used as one measure of a student’s progress in core subjects. But now, federal funding hinges on test results. It started with President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act which requires states to rate schools based on test results in order to receive federal funds. FULL POST