As you might know, May is standardized testing month for Washington schools. As a Carmichael 7th grader, I have experienced these tests firsthand.
First of all, I want to point out that I believe the general idea of standardized testing is good. Schools need to be held accountable for teaching their students, and yearly testing is a relatively cheap and simple solution.
However, some aspects of our standardized testing system need to change. One major problem with the test is that the only feedback received is a score. Students are unable to review questions in order to learn. Perhaps the test could be changed to inform students if they were correct after each question. This would lead to greater learning opportunities.
Another problem with the implementation of this testing is the lack of accountability. Because these scores will not affect if a child passes a grade, and test results arrive months later, many students blow off the test. Why, then, are teachers held accountable for a child’s bad score?
I hope you will consider my suggestions and perhaps take a stab at fixing this test, to not only serve the government’s needs, but also those of the students and teachers.
Zoe Gotthold, Richland