Is-the-US-Obsessed-With-Testing

Apr 30th, 2015
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Assessment is the process of collecting and discussing information from multiple sources. From the collection and discussion of such data, teachers, superintendents, and parents can discover what their students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge that they have gathered as a result of their educational experiences (Cooper, 2007). With the passage of No Child Left Behind, the importance of assessment has grown and the ever-present test and evaluation process has gained a strong hold on our schools.

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Running Head: TESTING OBSESSION?Is there a Testing Obsession in US Public Schools?J. Autumn BarkerStrayer UniversityEducation 510Dr. Brand Assessment is the process of collecting and discussing information from multiple sources. From the collection and discussion of such data, teachers, superintendents, and parents can discover what their students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge that they have gathered as a result of their educational experiences (Cooper, 2007). With the passage of No Child Left Behind, the importance of assessment has grown and the ever-present test and evaluation process has gained a strong hold on our schools.Educational testing can be traced back to the first half of the 19th century, when Horace Mann began giving the common exam. As the intelligence tests of the early 1900s were developed for schools and military personnel, the fascination with testing and assessment continued. Currently, this fascination seems to have become a fixation with the passage of No Child Left Behind and its push for high stakes testing and the meanings behind the results (Arrington, 2008). The culture of the American schools has become one of pure obsession over testing and assessment. There are numerous stories of the types of assessment from our educational districts. There are three- and four- year old preschoolers having spelling tests (Strauss, 2006). Fifty percent of 17 year old high school students are not able to identify w

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