The Standardized Testing Debate

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Are standardized tests a good measure of a students knowledge and learning ability? Standardized tests have been the staple of testing knowledge for years through all ages. However, are these tests actually measuring what they are supposed to, and are the results of the tests even relevant? This article weighs some of the pros and cons of standardized testing in America today like the debate on rather the tests are reliable or not. These tests provide a quick and easy way to assess a child's knowledge, but do they mean anything? What are some potential downfalls of standardized testing? Do the cons outweigh the pros? What are some other ways to determine someone's knowledge?