I'm writing to address the growing emphasis on standardized testing in K-12 education.

These tests put unnecessary stress on students, and we need to reconsider whether the tests are a valid way of measuring intelligence.

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Furthermore, the testing also is a source of negativity in the classroom.

And there's no room for negative attitudes and thoughts if a teacher wants to lead a productive classroom.

As an education major, I'd like to see the standardized testing system revised, as I realize each student is a special individual who deserves to be tested in a manner that will exhibit his or her true potential.

One big issue is that the tests are given under time constraints. How are students supposed to perform at their best if they're hardly given enough time to address the question and answer with confidence?

Highly intelligent students often get poor scores because they can't perform when they're being timed.

Also, it's unfair to judge a student's progress from a multiple-choice test. Every student is unique, which means it's unfair to use something as blunt as a standardized test to rank the students academically.

In fact, the National Education Association disapproves of the use of standardized testing. Instead, the organization wants to see educators use tools such as teacher-student-parent interviews or teacher-developed tests.

Such approaches are much more personal, which means they result in a more accurate measure of achievement.

In short, we need to find better ways of measuring students' achievement, and these new ways must be based on current research. By accepting that standardized testing is out of date, we'll be able to move into a new era of education that'll bring about more success for both pupils and educators.

Kristin Wright

Mayville, N.D.

Wright is a student at Mayville State University.