Teaching to the test is not a helpful to students, and should not be a preached practice in public school systems. That sort of “to the test” teaching is replacing good teaching practices with “drill and kill” rote learning. Standardized testing can increase stress, which stress is the body’s response to physical, emotional or mental pressure placed on it. According to Nicky Hayes, editor of Foundations of Psychology, he claimed stress may induce triggers in the autonomic nervous and endocrine system. Hayes claimed that common responses to exam stress would include disturbed sleep patterns, tiredness, worries, irregular eating habits, increased infections, and inability to concentrate. Also, Hayes studied cognitive impairment and reported decreased memory capacity in stressed individuals. Standardized testing is increasing the levels of stress in individuals taking exams and stress can produce inaccurate results for test takers.
Standardized testing is an inaccurate form of of measuring a student’s intelligence. Not every student is learning the same material or is placed on the same level of education. As well, an individual student may not learn or comprehend material at the same pace as another student. Standardized testing results is supposed reflect on whether a student comprehended the materials learned or was supposed to have learned in the classroom environment.
Hayes, Nicky. Foundations of Psychology: an Introductory Text. London, Thomson Learning, 2000.