Improve the Methods of Standardized Testing

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Standardized tests play an important part of today's educational society, and many agree that today's method of standardized testing is not up to par. Many students across North Carolina complain about tests, and how they can be deemed "unfair", or "stressful". The testing today does not accurately represent a student, because curves are placed on the tests to inflate students scores, and make students look better individually and as a whole school. There is also a large amount of stress placed on a student to pass a test to essentially make teachers look better. Testing methods to day need to be improved immediately so students can be represented fairly, and accurately. Below are some methods being used across the United States, to essentially replace the use of multiple choice timed tests. 

Schools around the country are starting to incorporate direct demonstrations of student learning into assessment programs. This includes group and individual project presentations, reports, and portfolios collected over time. The New York Performance Standards Consortium consists of 28 schools, grades 6-12, throughout New York State that rely on these performance assessments to replace the use of standardized tests. The schools using this program are showing higher graduation rates, and higher college retention rates, along with higher test scores. Along with this system, Virginia schools have been making slight changes to their programs, by scaling back the number of Standards of Learning exams in grades 3-8, and improving the tests to encourage a sharper focus on problem solving and critical thinking. 

I think the North Carolina testing board should try implementing the programs found above. These programs can help students tremendously throughout high school, and even students of younger ages. Implementing programs that make students present information from a unit can help a student work on their public speaking skills, which can help a student after school. Scaling back the amount of tests a student takes per year can also help them focus more on studying for one test every once in a while, rather than cramming for several tests in one night, because there are multiple tests for a student in one week. 

Please help me by signing this petition to help students and improve the testing methods in North Carolina, and eventually everywhere else!! Thank you! 

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