It is no secret that our education system is in disarray. There are changes made almost every year and nothing is constant. School is no longer about what is best for the student it has become about what is best for the representatives and administration. Everyday you hear about differentiated instruction and not all students learn the same and should be treated that way, yet all students are given the same test and scored the same way.
If education was truly about the student testing would be able to be modified for most students instead of the very minuscule group that can be qualified. The home life of each student would be taken into account. Some students have parents that will support them by reading and teaching them, checking their homework, and being involved, others have parents that are just not able to do that because of their work schedule, and still others simply choose not to because they honestly should not be parents in the first place. They ignore their kids and deprive them of the love and nourishment every child deserves. Before the high demand of performance on test scores teachers were able to step up and fill the voids students had and give them more than just an education.
Teachers are constantly scrutinized by the test score their students show; however, they are never given praise for helping a child who was taken away from their family, or one who stayed up all night taking care of younger siblings because no one else was around to do it. These are the things that get lost in education when only test scores matter.
Now lets talk about these tests that show what our students learn. The first grade level tested is 3rd grade, 8 and 9 year olds. They are given a 50 question test, told to finish it in 4 hours, and expected to pass with only one chance. Seriously?! Our 17-18 year old juniors and seniors are expected to take a 54 question math section of the SAT. How absurd is that.
I am not saying that we don’t need testing but how much emphasis should be placed on the testing and how many questions are actually necessary to make an accurate judgement. I think more factors such as age and ability should be taken into account.