edu180atl: 10.12.11 sarah zoellick
At school there has been a lot of talk about the PSAT test which my peers and I, as freshmen, will be taking today for the first time. Even though our teachers and advisors have told us that how we perform today is just a benchmark and won’t affect us, there is still a lot if pressure to do well.
All of this makes me wonder how much of an accurate representation these standardized test scores really are.
I personally know plenty of intelligent people who just don’t perform well in a standardized testing environment for one reason or another. These people are kind, passionate, and involved, but these tests don’t measure those things. And that’s an issue. Standardized tests are not set up to reflect the whole person…and no traditional assessment really is.
So, what I have learned today, even before I take this test? I’ve learned that though we cannot abolish standardized tests, maybe we do not need to put as much importance on the results as we do. I realize that the tests are given for good reason, but there are other ways to measure a person’s worth, and those ways are just as important as test scores, if not more so.
About the Author: Sarah Zoellick is a student at the Westminster Schools. She is an avid fencer, and loves to explore the world around her. Follow her on twitter @fencersz.