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In Defense of Standardized Testing…

Every year, San Marcos’ juniors dread the two weeks of standardized testing. While nobody enjoys spending two hours of their day in front of a computer screen, answering math and reading comprehension questions or writing a timed essay, there are many benefits to having students take these annual tests. 

Juniors have been subjected to mandatory standardized testing this week and will be next week as well. (Fia Torrey)

Tests like the CAASPP give crucial information to the state about where students are academically. Since teaching methods and programs vary from school to school, standardized test results can help show us what is the most effective way for students to learn. They can also see how students from different states stack up against each other.

It’s no secret that for many students, being unable to collaborate with their teachers or peers during the Covid-19 pandemic caused academic struggles and for learning targets to not be met. The scores can help educators evaluate where students are struggling the most compared to prior to the pandemic and students need the most support to catch up to where they should be. 

There are some ways that students can benefit from standardized testing.

 “Taking the California standardized tests allowed me to earn my seal of biliteracy,” said San Marcos Senior, Sofia Prober. 

The seal of biliteracy certifies that a student is proficient in both English and another language and standardized tests help certify their expertise in English. For students that score at or above the expected English proficiency level and take  classes in a language up to an AP level, the seal of biliteracy is earned.

Standardized testing provides data to educators to help them improve academic programs across the country. Just 5 days of testing in all four years of high school is a small sacrifice for students to make when ultimately benefits their educational experience.

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Fia Torrey
Fia Torrey, Staff Writer
Fia a senior at San Marcos High School and is taking journalism for the first time this semester. She has played on the golf team since her freshman year and some of her favorite subjects include English, History, and Government. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, and going to museums.
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