In the Middle: Are Standardized Tests Worth it?

Nelly Serrano

Each spring, students across America are required to take standardized tests to show what they have learned that school year and to measure their knowledge. But are standardized tests really helping students improve and preparing them for the future?

In 2002, the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) law mandated annual testing in all 50 states. But over the next 10 years, the United States went from a ranking of 18th in the world in math, to 27th in 2012. Also, an article by “Newsweek” states that over these years, students’ creativity levels decreased. Teachers say they are focused on teaching students what they need to know for standardized tests, which doesn’t help students or the education system.

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