Standardized Testing

Ishika Bindal and Victoria Yang

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Straw Man or Hasty Generalization

This could go either way as a straw man or hasty generalization because, in straw man it means to create a false argument. This seems like a false argument because the man is saying that because a student doesn't fit the standard it means that public education is a fail. It could also be hasty generalization because just because a student doesn't fit the standard, it doesn't mean that public education is a failure.
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Post Hoc

This is post hoc because it is saying that because of the endless standardized tests the girl lost her creativity to cure AIDS, Cancer, etc. B comes after A. A caused B.
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Hasty Generalization

This is hasty generalization, because it is generalizing everyone that chooses to opt. out of standardized tests as stupid, or uneducated.


On December 9th, 2015, the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) act ended.

Pro Side of Standardized Testing

Examples of Ethos- Pro Side

My example:

Standardized testing like the STAAR and MAPS helped sort students into different levels to encourage better learning. Like when in 5th grade, everyone was in the same level of classes, which was too hard for some and too easy for others. But in Middle School, people who scored well on the standardized tests got to pick courses like GT and accelerated. Everyone was separated into classes that suits them more.

Example through other articles:

Greg Forster is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Educational Choice.

Although the stated goal of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—to have 100 percent of all students pass the proficiency test by 2014—is unachievable and absurd, NCLB has brought considerable benefits. Standardized tests and standardized reporting on the results have enabled educators to more accurately measure what does and does not work in education.

^ This example uses Ethos because it's stating the credibility or Greg Forster before quoting his opinion on NCLB and standardized testing.

Examples of Pathos- Pro Side

My example:

How would you feel if you didn't get into your dream college but someone else who's dumber than you did, all because their teacher was nicer on grading than the teacher you have? It'll probably make you more upset than having to take a standardized test, right?

Example through other articles:

"I'm really grateful for how my children are recognized for what they are good at. I've known how special they are and how fast they seem to absorb new concepts, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn with others that's on the same level." said Susan, a parent of 3 in Oklahoma, whose children were recently accepted into a local Gifted program due to higher than average scores on a standardized exam.

^ This example shows Pathos by influencing others with emotions by the parent.

Example of Logos- Pro Side

My example:

Standardized testing helps colleges make better decisions by providing more data.

Example through other articles:

The SAT has proven to be a valid, fair, and reliable data tool for college admissions.

^ This example is Logos because it uses statistics to proof standardized testing is useful.

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Con Side of Standardized Testing

Example of Ethos- Con Side

My example: As a 8th grade student, who has taken standardized tests since the 3rd grade, I'm qualified to tell you that standardized testing has a negative impact on students, and should not be used to measure a student's intelligence.

Example that I found: "Phillip Harris is executive director of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology. For twenty-seven years, Bruce M. Smith was a member of the editorial staff of the Phi Delta Kappan, the flagship publication of Phi Delta Kappa International, the association for professional educators. He retired as editor-in-chief in 2008. Joan Harris has taught first, second, and third grades for more than twenty-five years. In 1997, she was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as the outstanding teacher of the year."

In this example, it is listing all the reasons about why they are credible, and should be listened to.

Example of Pathos- Con Side

My example: Imagine a young child being burdened with stress and anxiety day after day all coming from the same root, standardized testing. Now imagine that's your kid, coming home, crying and worrying about a forthcoming test. Would you really want that for your child?

Example that I found: It had never really occurred to Chantal Kovach to keep her fifth-grade son from taking Colorado's new annual assessments, until an e-mail started circulating among parents.Ms. Kovach became concerned that the test would be measuring material her son's class hadn't covered yet, that the results wouldn't be available to his teacher until the fall. She also was worried that the class would have to devote significant hours to taking the test, and then more hours later in the spring taking other tests on the material they had studied.But it wasn't until she went to the teacher, wondering if it might still be useful to her son as practice, that she made up her mind.

This is an example of pathos because it is giving parents something to relate to about their kids. They would feel an emotional connection to what Ms. Kovach is talking about.

Examples of Logos- Con Side

My example: The primary function of standardized tests is to rank students, teachers, and their schools.

Example that I found: On Mar. 14, 2002, the Sacramento Bee reported that "test-related jitters, especially among young students, are so common that the Stanford-9 exam comes with instructions on what to do with a test booklet in case a student vomits on it."

This is an example of logos because it is giving some facts about standardized testing.

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