Need an research paper on critical issue: high stakes testing pros and cons. Needs to be 5 pages. Please no plagiarism. According to Wright, Wayne E and Choi, Daniel (2009, p19) high stakes testing are testy although they are needed to keep the faculty as well as students on their toes. Since this testing is in the nascent stage it is not possible to make mature conclusions. However, even by rough estimates, it is a good development and must be persevered with although it is causing discomforts at some levels
At the outset, high-stakes testing has created enemies within the educational fraternity because of its demanding conditions to perform or else. This condition is controversial because it is difficult to apply it uniformly across the nation without taking into consideration the huge reaction it is bound to generate for varied reasons in the positive and negative sense.
Barrett, Brian D, and Moore, Rob (2009, p3) feel such testing is required in order to have a structure to analyze teachers as well as students. In the negative sense, a majority of teachers and students have problems the testing has nothing to do with but which impacts teachers and students’ lives, and in turn, impacts the testing.
In the 1990s, educational standard in the United States was found to have come behind the international level. In the absence of an appropriate central force, it was found that education was not headed in the proper direction.
The No Child Left Behind Act enacted in 2002 was a promising force for education in that it formalized the need for every child to receive education irrespective of its background. Not only was education made mandatory for every child, but the standard of education received a shot in the arm with the concept of high stakes testing. .
Dounay, Jennifer (2000, p6) however thinks that the effects of the high-stakes testing have raised some uncomfortable questions. .