Arrianna, Standardized Testing maybe when you went to highschool was good, but right now, standardize testing is alot of the reasons why schools are doing poorly. This applies only to Florida I cannot speak about the rest of the nation. Florida schools take a test known as the FCAT, a standardize test that has turned into a way for the governement to control the school system with an iron fist. The results of this test not only determine how much funding a school gets, but also how much of a reputation the school has with the community and new parents who are moving here. The financial problem comes from the fact that if a school does poorly, the state lowers and shifts the schools budget for the year to be used on educational programs, while giving more money to it in order to make "FCAT" classes so that students can pass. This shift in budget causes alol of problems since the money taken away cannot be used to help the school and the money given to the school can only be used for the FCAT classes. Basically they rob a school of money and at the same time increase their funding just for FCAT. This affects teachers in that, if a school fails 2 or more times, the state can "clean house" basically fire all principals, teachers, and administrators who the state feels caused the loss in academic scores. Also, the state shifts teaches from good schools to bad schools while taking bad teachers and putting them into good schools. Basically, they are switching teachers around and putting the good in bad schools and the bad in good schools. The reputation of the school is also affected by this one test. An example would be Evan's Highschool in Orange County. They failed twice and this caused an uproar. The state cleaned house with the admins and also fired teachers for not performing on this test. Also, this causes racial tensions considering the fact that Evan's is almost 99 percent Black. This blows open the door for advocates of the black community to attack the state even though the numbers point to a direct correlation between the scores and the racial percentage in the school.
Sorry that was so long, but I feel very strongly about how bullshit standardized tesing is, if you would like, I could send you(if I can find it) my thesis for my college english class on the FCAT if that would help Arrianna. My basic point is that though standardized testing is a good idea in general, in today's educational society, this type of testing has hijacked the education system in which everything in the education system is based on the performance of these scores. Also thse tests because they are standardized, don't differientiate between kids with ADD and the normal kids, so they don't take into account the difference is skill level whether its the child's fault or not.
A personal example of the bullshit that is No Child Left Behind is that my dad's school which he works as a teacher for scored the highest on the FCAT in the state for middle schools, but failed No Child Left Behind becaue of three disabled students.
Rant over about the mockery that is our education system today.