As we all know, the force of standardized tests have taken over our public education system. Throughout the school year teachers drill repetitive material for the sole fact that the students need to pass a test at the end of the year. For anyone who has taken these tests before, you know that they are very difficult and at the start of the test you are given a strict set of rules to prevent cheating (such as no cell phones, no talking, no papers on your desk ect…). Many students at Stuyvesant High School in New York were caught cheating on their standardized tests in the spring of 2012. How did they get away with this? Many students were able to read and send text messages to each other during the test, while others photographed pages and sent them to students taking the test on another assigned day.
Why is there such a need for cheating on these exams?
In this article they explain how standardized tests are created for all of the wrong reasons. They are created to “determine a students mastery of a subject” instead of aiming to improve their knowledge. Eric Anderman “found that even the most impulsive cheaters cheated less often when they believed the point of the test was to help them master the material, not just get a score.” Day in and day out students worry about getting a good score on these tests because they determine their future. The teachers also drill the required material so they can keep their jobs with having students with high scores. The system is flawed and progress is never made.