by Alec Burns
Eagle Editorial Board
Standardized testing is a way to truly assess a student’s educational abilities.
These tests offer a level playing field for students across America as a way to fully scrutinize their academic standing.
Tests such as the SAT and ACT are far more significant than a student’s grades in school.
Grades can often prove to be unbalanced and weighted differently in any particular part of the country, and they may not always represent a student effectively.
For example, a student who has a 95 average in a sub-par public school can in no way compare to a student who has a 90 average at college preparatory school such as ours.
Standardized testing, however, offers the blunt truth of a student’s academic ability. It takes out all biases and human subjectivity that comes with grading and narrows things down to determine exactly how well a person has retained their intellect.
Without these tests, college administrators would have to rely on teachers to provide accurate and truthful evaluations of a student’s grades.
Many teachers are devoted to their students’ success, and, although this is not a bad thing, it offers the opportunity for teachers to give students an artificial boost to their grades.
I am not saying grades are unimportant.
The fact still stands that a report card denotes the backbone of a student’s work ethic. However, if a student cannot retain this information that they have learned, how valuable are grades in the first place?
The SAT and ACT provide a quick and accurate insight as to how well vital scholastic information has been stored.
This directly reflects the intelligence of a high school student and should be taken seriorsly. Students are given a multitude of resources to use in order to raise their scores.
Someone who performs well on a standardized test is bound to have the mental capacity to perform well in college.
A student who takes easy classes for the entirety of their high school career may manage to get good grades, however they will be in for a surprise come the first month of college.
The SAT and ACT proves to a college that a student with a good score is adequately prepared for a rigorous curriculum. They are a reflection of how well a student would do at their school.
At this school, a student placed in a standard class may perform at the level of a student in an advanced class at a public school.
The score received on a standardized test will further emphasize the intellect of that given person.
Standardized tests offer a fair reference point that reflects the intelligence of a high school student. Without them, there would be no guideline to show students how they relate on a local, regional or national scale. Tests make it easier to judge a student based on his academic performance.
If a number must represent your intellect, it is up to the individual to make it a good one.