Standardized testing is an often talked about, controversial topic in the education world. Some are in favor of standardized testing, saying that it is a way to better understand a school’s performance. Others, on the other hand, view it as the opposite. Prior to joining the education program, I had no opinion at all on standardized testing. I completed these tests throughout my school career, and still did not consider how they were affecting me as a student. Since coming to the U of R, I have formed a very strong opinion on the subject, as have many of my fellow colleagues. My opinion now is that I strongly disagree with standardized testing.
Throughout our time in the faculty of Education, my colleagues and I have learned so many beneficial practices to take into our future classrooms. So far, all of these practices centre on seeing each child as an individual person. This means implementing practices that do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, or ability level, and celebrating all students for the capable learners that they are. Inquiry, exploration, and play based learning are popular topics in class. We are taught to be inclusive to all, and teach each child based on their learning styles and strengths. I believe that the practices I have learned while at the U of R have been fundamental in shaping who I am as a future educator, and I also believe that standardized testing goes against every single one of these practices.
Standardized testing does not focus on the learner. It uses one form of testing to judge every student, regardless of outside circumstances. It enables students to believe that if they cannot complete the test, they are not capable. It does not focus on multiculturalism or inclusiveness. I could go on and on about the reasons I do not believe in standardized testing. If there are so many downsides to standardized testing, then why is it still happening?