Research suggests standardization of national achievement test is detrimental to the growth of literacy and in facilitating learning amongst students because of the decrease in the ranking of mastery and proficiency in Math after standardization has been implemented, the poor academic performance of students and the deteriorating standards in education and literacy.
Popham, W. James. "Why Standardized Tests Don't Measure Educational Quality." March 1999. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Website. Web. 23 December 2014.
Forsyth, Margie. "Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing." 27 May 2014. Bright Hub Education. Web. 23 December 2014.
The website is a reputable community website (http://www.brighthubeducation.com/student-assessment-tools/16137-the-pros-and-cons-of-standardized-testing/) that seeks to explain and provide information on the different aspects of education. In this article, the author tried to explore the positive and the negative effects of standardization of tests. Quite elaborately, the author tried to give a fair evaluation of the standardized test. However, certain positive points are still open for debate. This is a good point of argument for my research. It will allow for a good argument to refute the claims on the positive effect of standardizing tests.
S.Abott. "Standardized Tests." 29 August 2013. The glossary of education reform. Web. 23 December 2014.
The website (http://edglossary.org/standardized-test/) offered a very detailed and comprehensive definition of standardized tests. The article is a little bit unreliable considering that it has not been updated for over a year. Nevertheless, it offers a good salient points that is suited for my research. In addition, it also enumerated the different reason why standardizing tests are necessary depending on the area for which it will be utilized.
Flanagan, Dawn, Jennifer Mascolo and Steven Hardy-Braz. "Standardized Testing." 23 December 2009. Education.com Website. Web. 23 December 2014.
The article from this online source (http://www.education.com/reference/article/standardized-testing/) was written over five years, although that is quite a long time the article is useful for my research because it can be used as a reference for the progress on the concept of standardizing tests. In addition, the article also offers alternative to standardization which is a good starting point that will give my research a good background on what proposals might help. The authors were also reliable because of their lengthy experience in the academe and their valuable contribution in exploring the realm of test’s standardization.
Wildemuth, Barbara. "Alternatives to Standardized Tests." 1984. ERIC Digest Website . Web. 23 December 2014.
The article dates back to 1984. Although it was published several decades ago, the author opened a fairly good discussion on the alternatives to standardized tests. In addition, this online-derived article (http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-927/tests.htm) allows the readers to know that this idea of standardization has been detested dating back to 1984. Thus, it could offer substantial claim that it has not been effective then, but barely any progress, it is still not effective now. In addition, the author has been able to establish good alternatives to standardizing tests given that the author is a respected member of the academe with several years in the education discipline.