There’s a Hidden Problem Behind Test Scores
Learning under immense pressure is always stressful and therefore test scores can sometimes be a whole lot of fun. This is why we are always wondering if the parents of our future students are doing the best they can for them – are we making the most of the school time?
Is Focus on the New Definition of Success
With the rising tests scores in the US schools, we believe that this could be one of the main reasons behind teacher burnout. Which, in turn, could explain why the USA education system is currently in a crisis. In fact, in a recent CBS News report, a rate of over 16% of teachers are leaving their jobs due to exhaustion.
A vicious cycle could be at work here, as students pass exams in order to qualify for graduation and then are then seen as failures because of their low test scores. This explains the current state of education in the USA and why potential students are just turned off. They simply don’t see that education can help them for the future, as they were just taught to learn at their own pace for the sake of giving the test. This meant that they only got fed more information, not the right information.
When we focus on test scores as a whole, we end up not even recognizing the fundamental truth that the tests are just a selection of tasks and in the end, the whole point of education is to become aware of how to do it best for ourselves, for the future.
What We Have to Learn from the Stigma of Test Scores
The stigma that may be incurred with making tests such an important part of exams are very real. However, making these tests the whole point of the examinations is detrimental to the individual as well as a reflection of what the system is teaching them. One of the main reasons for this is that the test scores are recorded by those who get them. In addition, a person’s efforts in trying to study for exams doesn’t count anymore as they should be. This leads to a cycle of frustration and will probably continue as students fail to meet all of the benchmarks.
They can’t even remember what they were planning to study for because of lack of time and frustration.
This problem is seen across the world, with students from disadvantaged families often failing because they can’t even think about their future and the situation isn’t likely to get better.
Then there is the problem of parent’s assumptions and their prejudicial feelings on whether or not their kids will be successful in the future. In actual fact, it could be more beneficial to parents and teachers to recognize the problem before it escalates into the dreaded burnout issue that is currently affecting the US education system. Therefore, it is important to shift our focus to what teachers and schools can do to help students become more present, start paying more attention and pay more attention to what they are doing.