Standardized Testing and its Effectiveness for All Students
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Standardized testing is ingrained in the education system. Educators, administrators, and school systems rely on data from standardized testing to guide instruction, assess students, and determine teacher effectiveness. Previous research has detailed the potential ineffectiveness of standardized testing, while other studies have concluded that it is both valuable and necessary to the system. The purpose of the present study was to determine educator opinions of standardized testing, state standards, and whether both are essential to students and teachers. Teacher candidates were selected for interviews based on voluntary participation. Participants reported both strengths and weaknesses of standardized testing and determined that standards are ultimately essential to the education system’s effectiveness. Further research on the topic is necessary to gain a full understanding of the impact of the standardization of education.