Do Standardized Tests Do More Harm Than Good?

From Origin Of Everything.

Do standardized test help or harm students? And is the US actually over testing students when compared with other nations? In this episode of Origin of Everything, we ask the big question about why do some American students take an average 112 standardized tests between Kindergarten & Grade 12?

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Works Cited

History of standardized tests in the US
http://www.nea.org/home/66139.htm
3 examples (Goldilocks set up)
Finland (they test, but the first impactful or meaningful and non optional test is in the end of high school)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/
https://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/january/finnish-schools-reform-012012.html

US (early testing, yearly, high impact tests from around middle school, people claim we test too much and too often, but are we on par with other places)
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/12/how-do-american-students-compare-to-their-international-peers/509834/
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/06/exams-around-the-world/395540/
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2015/11/are-american-students-overtested-listen.html
http://hechingerreport.org/24830-2/
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South Korea (after certain age some students are getting monthly tests, tiered college entry system, high rates of teen depression and suicide)
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/11/south-korean-seniors-have-been-preparing-for-today-since-kindergarten/508031/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/cheering-crowds-greet-south-korean-students-taking-make/story?id=51341746
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=6293334&page=1
http://www.globalization101.org/high-stakes-testing-a-comparison-of-policies-in-the-u-s-finland-and-south-korea/
https://theconversation.com/what-can-the-us-learn-from-south-koreas-testing-pressures-40365
Other resources:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-reveals-how-many-required-tests-students-take/

U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries


https://www.npr.org/2014/04/30/308057862/u-s-tests-teens-a-lot-but-worldwide-exam-stakes-are-higher
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/study-says-standardized-testing-is-overwhelming-nations-public-schools/2015/10/24/8a22092c-79ae-11e5-a958-d889faf561dc_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/10/24/confirmed-standardized-testing-has-taken-over-our-schools-but-whos-to-blame/
https://www.npr.org/2014/04/30/308057862/u-s-tests-teens-a-lot-but-worldwide-exam-stakes-are-higher
Sources with good hard data and graphs:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2012/12/11/heres-why-other-countries-beat-the-u-s-in-reading-and-math/
https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pirls/pirls2011.asp
https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/study-says-standardized-testing-is-overwhelming-nations-public-schools/2015/10/24/8a22092c-79ae-11e5-a958-d889faf561dc_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/10/24/confirmed-standardized-testing-has-taken-over-our-schools-but-whos-to-blame/
https://www.ed.gov/esea
https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-education-department-releases-proposed-regulations-encourage-better-and-fairer-tests-reduce-burden-testing
https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-department-approves-extension-new-hampshire%E2%80%99s-competency-based-assessment-pilot
https://www.ed.gov/category/keyword/testing-action-plan
http://www.oecd.org/pisa/aboutpisa/

U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries


http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/