My contribution is to reimagine how we go about examining students' intelligence and character without the pressures of standardized testing
Tell us about your idea
My idea is to permanently get rid of any standardized testing such as STAAR, SAT, ACT, etc. A future in schooling without the stresses of standardized testing would be a remarkable turn around for students and teachers. My mom is a 5th grade teacher and the STAAR test not only stresses her out for having to accurately prepare and proctor the exam, but also her students as they will be required to take remedial classes if they don't score well. It is ludicrous to base so much of a student on how well they perform on a test. The tests don't even accurately measure one's intelligence as they claim to. I took part in an SAT prep class and learned nothing but how to beat the exam at its own game. They give you tips on how to correctly guess and work around the difficulties of the exam. This proves that the exams are a measure of test-taking abilities rather than a student's intelligence and character.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a senior at Round Rock High School and was assigned this by my business teacher to get motivated to create our own future school prototype post COVID.