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Periodic large-scale standardized tests are comprehensive examinations. Should they hold so much weight when determining student achievement?

Periodic large-scale standardized tests are comprehensive examinations. These are types of Summative Assessment. By definition, "a summative assessment is used for the purpose of documenting outcomes and judging value. It is used for providing feedback to instructors about the quality of a subject or program, reporting to stakeholders and granting agencies, producing reports for accreditation, and marketing the attributes of a subject or program." Periodic large-scale standardized test provides feedback about the quality and extent to which the student achieved the standards. It does not only document the student performance, but also the quality of teaching, as well as that of the subject itself. Results of these tests may be used for the evaluation of teaching strategies used, the standardized tests itself and the content of the lesson.

What are your feelings about these tests? Should they hold so much weight when determining student achievement? How much responsibility should lie in the teacher if the student does not do well on the assessment? It always seems as though people want to blame the teacher for the student's shortcomings; however, we are only with the students for a few hours out of their day and the parents must be involved at home. What are your feelings about holding parents accountable? If I can possibly lose my job if a student has not met the standard then why can't a parent to be legally charged with neglect if their child can not read or write?What are your thoughts on this?

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The old saying"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" is like a double edged sword in many cases. On one hand, a teacher can do everything in her power to provided relevant and meaningful learning opportunities, but if a child is determined not to learn and/or doe not want to be at school, there is ultimately little she can do if the child does not take a high-stakes test seriously and therefore, tests poorly.
on the other hand a teacher should and must provide the"water," and if she chooses to serve as little more than a baby-sitter every day, she needs to be in a profession other than teaching. ...

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Response is personal opinion in everyday language on the topic posed. Total of 439 words (about a page and a half).

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