Each year, Marietta High School is required to give students standardized tests. These tests take multiple weeks to accomplish and often times interfere with the usual schedule. Some teachers find these tests beneficial for their students while others make it known that they don’t agree with the tests and believe students shouldn’t be required to take them. Teachers believe these things for many reasons. The standardized tests provide both positive and negative outcomes for the students. One positive being that with these tests, students are able to see their skill level and understand where they stand in their academics. Standardized tests also give teachers an idea of how well they are teaching and what sections need to be covered more. Along with these positives, many negatives can be with standardized tests. One large negative being that students don’t receive their scores from these tests until months later when often times they aren’t even taking the class they tested for anymore. So they aren't able to see which areas they need to put more work into. They also are not given which questions they missed so they have no clue what section of the subject they need to improve. One final negative is that standardized testing takes away from valuable class time. We spend so much time testing for the state that we take away time for students to improve on their current grades. If students aren't able to take the test on the day it is given, they must make it up later whenever the school chooses. They could miss important class information because they are required to makeup a test that doesn’t benefit them much in the long run. These standardized tests come with both positive and negatives. But do the positives really make it necessary to hold these tests each year?
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