Seriously . . . Take the ACT Seriously

Seriously . . . Take the ACT Seriously

By Jasmine Carrillo
Hancock High School, Junior

Testing has always been an issue, whether it is test scores or the relevance of taking tests. Students find that taking tests serves no purpose and takes away valuable time.  There is a testing target each school must meet and, at the moment, only a few schools have actually met this testing target in Illinois.

An article in the Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law commented on exit testing by saying, “This is done in an effort to enhance teacher quality as well as student achievement.” Testing is a necessity for college. Testing is necessary in order to receive scholarships and acquire new information for the advancement into careers. Recently, high school juniors began to prepare themselves for the ACT. With this in mind, test scores are important to maintain.

The federal law “No Child Left Behind” requires that school scores increase consistently.  According to an October 13, 2008 article titled “Under ‘No Child’ Law, Even Solid Schools Falter,”California schools needed to increase test scores by 11% each year. Over 9,800 schools actually fell short of meeting the mark.

Student testing is important for the development of a community.  Testing targets are set to calculate how quickly certain subjects are learned and how deeply these subjects are covered.

If test scores do not rise, some schools are more likely to be closed down, leaving the state in an even bigger situation.  This means that some students are taking tests with no worry of how well or terrible they are testing. If students were to see the effects of testing as a whole, maybe they would try harder. They must realize that testing doesn’t just affect them alone. It affects the school, community, and state as a whole.

Each test serves a different purpose and testing is more important than anything. The tests show the development and knowledge maintained throughout each learning process. If tests weren’t given, how could anyone be able to recognize what has been learned and if it was learned well enough to be understood in different situations?

My last year was very difficult because I was the type of student who didn’t have enough time to take advantage of all the opportunities offered to me. This year has been very different, especially when it comes to my attendance.  I have placed more effort in studying and asking questions that deeply relate to the subjects being taught.  Although I see testing as a positive thing, some tests do carry a lot of negativity. All in all, however, testing has helped me advance myself to a whole new level of learning.

It can be argued that testing serves only to point out the faults of a school. However, it’s best not to forget that although tests do point out the faults, by doing so, schools get the opportunity to go over what students are finding difficult to grasp. The purpose of testing is to notice what students are having trouble comprehending. These approaches will help students to appreciate all tests have to offer. Their scores are important and can benefit them in the future.

Students should help themselves and their school by looking at testing, not as a judgment on what they don’t know, but as a comment on how far they have come and will continue to go.


Is there a better solution to the problem of determining what students know?

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