Is the End of Standardized Testing Near?

Opposition to standardized tests is growing.

Standardized testing has long been a significant component of the American education system, and having a career in teaching has meant, in part, ensuring students have the knowledge that will help them do well on these exams.

But as the number of standardized tests students are expected to take continues to increase, students are no longer the only ones opposed to the exams: Parents and teachers are becoming more vocal about their opposition.

In Seattle, for instance, teachers staged a boycott against mandated standardized tests that students in Washington are required to take in order to graduate from high school - refusing to administer them because they didn't think the tests accurately measured student learning, according to The Washington Post.

In Chicago, teachers have expressed a similar frustration, arguing that standardized tests are a faulty measure of academic achievement, according to The Daily Caller. Objections from parents are also increasing.

"I see frustration and bitterness among parents growing by leaps and bounds," Leonie Haimson, a mother who runs an education advocacy group in New York City, told Reuters. "What parents are saying is, 'Enough is enough.'"

Does this mean the end of standardized testing is near? It's hard to say. Although the Seattle teachers were successful - beginning in 2014, high schools will no longer have to administer that particular standardized test - many proponents argue that it is necessary to measure student's' academic progress.

In any case, the pros and cons of standardized testing will likely be debated well into the future, and will have an effect on the careers of all present and future teachers.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit our website at www.wgu.edu.

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