While the debate continues on whether standardized testing should be done away with or not, there is a group of scholars that believe the tests should be made harder.
According to The Atlantic, there are those who think that there should be fewer state mandated exams, but they should be made harder. They propose that instead of having just multiple choice questions, the tests should also require students to answer open-ended questions. These questions would make students answer the questions and back up their answer with evidence.
Schools in New Jersey are canceling their midterm and final exams to spend time preparing for the PARCC Common Core test, a state mandated test.
According to an article done by the Washington Post, the school estimated that they spend around 200 hours a year preparing for midterms and finals. These are tests that are sometimes created by teachers, while the state mandated exam takes more time prepare for because it could include a variety of information.
A high school in Colorado faced an interesting problem this past week when the majority of the senior class refused to take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).
Instead of taking the test, hundreds of students went out in the snow and protested in front of the school. They weren’t the only ones either. There were multiple other schools in Colorado that saw a fraction of their seniors refuse to take the test.
In 2013, Texas legislators passed House Bill 5 which reduced the amount of standardized test students would have to take.
The law had a provision in it that limited the amount of time educators could spend preparing for a test. It also reduced the amount of practice tests educators were allowed to administer throughout the school year.
A year later, educators have found a loophole in the system.