Attitudes to Standardised Testing
Surveys showed that whilst the public was in favour of the idea of rigorous academic standards and testing to help schools and parents evaluate student performance and parents to evaluate schools, they had many reservations about testing (see table below) and preferred grading and evaluation by teachers to decide if children should go ahead a grade or graduate.
Survey of Attitudes to Testing
|Tests are a bad idea because:||Agree||Agree|
|Some students perform poorly even though they know the material||86%||80%|
|They can’t measure many important skills||71%||71%|
|Teachers begin teaching to the test and drop other important ideas and curriculum||64%||65%|
|Teachers and students spend too much time preparing for tests||53%||44%|
|They cause educators to cheat to raise scores||53%||40%|
|They put too much pressure on elementary school children||50%||45%|
|They are demoralizing to children and encourage dropping out||44%||37%|
Standards and Testing’, Business Roundtable, 2000.