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Why Standardized Testing is Not Going Away Any Time Soon

By: Krystle Crossman

Standardized tests are a huge point of contention between teachers, parents, students, and the government. Many people are against them and are trying to figure out how to stop the tests but home-school blogger Penelope Trunk states that these tests are not going to be going anywhere any time soon and here are the reasons why:

1. Test prep – Hiring a test prep coach or having your child take a test preparation class is something that is becoming more popular as the tests become harder. They are required to take these tests and they must do well on them so they need all the preparation that they can get. This means that the test prep businesses are making a lot of money right now.

2. Technology – App developers have been scrambling to make the newest and the latest apps for students who need help with the testing. This goes right along with the test prep business. The apps help the students to solidify their knowledge and help them to figure out what they are going to be tested on.

3. Publishers – The money is good in the publishing industry right now. There are so many different tests that need to be published which means that there is a lot of work for the publishing companies. Every time a new test comes out they will also need updated textbooks so that they students have all of the materials that they need. This is a big win for the major publishing companies such as Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill.

4. Funding – The major groups such at the Gates Foundation are the ones that help to fund education and they are also the ones who make major education reform decisions. Most of these groups and billionaires are very much into metrics-based change in education and feel that these tests are necessary for education reform.

5. Reform – Education reform is something that is very attractive to wealthy business owners. They see the opportunity for new and exciting technologies such as new apps and materials to help students with the test preparations. It is a great investment opportunity for the business owners.

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