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WHY ARE STANDARDIZED TESTS IMPORTANT? -- FIVE REASONS


You work hard, you study, stress, plan. Ultimately, what are the benefits of standardized tests? And why does our school system require them? Continue reading to gain an understanding of the importance of such tests.

Identify strengths & weaknesses 
With the help of standardized tests it becomes easier to identify problem areas with respect to students and schools.  We also become aware of deficiencies in curriculums. It is good to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and know what subject you master better; sometimes, the subject you like best is not necessarily the one that will yield the best score! A standardized test is an objective way to see what you can excel at, whether you like it or not.

Benchmarks
Standardized tests offer benchmarks for parents and teachers, allowing them to see how a student is performing compared to other students in the same class and school. It becomes also possible to compare schools within a county, state or in the whole country. Based on these benchmarks, improvements can be made to curriculums and to the tests themselves.

Objective grading
A great advantage of standardized tests is avoiding subjective grading. When the answers are clear there is no room for interpretation. Evaluating a test with open-ended questions leaves room for bias and subjectivity. Students should be given a fair way of being evaluated, and standardized tests offer just that.

Help to improve curriculum
Standardized tests provide a structure of what has to be taught, maintaining consistency throughout the country and ensuring that classroom material is always relevant and corresponds to each grade. Serving as guideline for curriculum is a considerable benefit of standardized tests.

Evaluates subject knowledge
With the help of standardized tests we can measure what a student knows, or doesn’t know, in important specific areas such as reading, writing and math. The structure of the tests makes this evaluation practical and accurate.

Source: Math Tutoring Professionals

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