Standardized tests have been associated with the American school system since the mid-1800s. They have been known to cause stress and anxiety among many students. But overall, it’s my belief that they also can’t accurately measure students’ performance and improve their achievements. Due to the simplicity of the multiple choice format in standardized testing, students aren’t allowed to think rationally and the test ultimately dulls their creativity.
Standardized testing has been proven to cause a lot of stress on younger students, especially young children. Nearly 700 school districts claim that state tests cause greater anxiety than local assessments. That means that around 19 percent of U.S. school districts have shown they cause anxiety.
Additionally, six out of ten school psychologists have said they increases anxiety, which shows that something needs to change. Students become so anxious that they do everything but focus on the tests. Standardized tests cannot improve students ability to comprehend a subject if they are constantly worrying about the best score results.
These types of tests, such as the SAT, don’t have a positive effect on the students. They don’t expand too much on one subject but focus on important basic skills. Multiple choice questions don’t allow students to think rationally, but instead stunts their ability to think up creative answers.
However, when you regularly incorporate simplicity into tests, students start to adapt to that way of thinking. Making them think more on their own, without multiple choice, makes them have to come up with an original answer. Thinking beyond can help students get better jobs in the future. These tests have much more value than standardized tests, which can in no way improve the education of the modern day student or prepare them for the world we live in.