The Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

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A standardized test is a form of an assessment formulated by professionals who are experts in its field. This test is presented and released for the schools to utilize it. A standardized test is a kind of test that test takers are asked to answer the uniform questions based on the learning competencies followed by all the schools. The students who will take the test are of the same grade level and are scored in the same manner. In this way, teachers or evaluators can make a comparative analysis on students’ performance.

There are many pros of standardized testing. It is a useful tool in school. It serves as a spectacle for it gives a vivid picture to the questions whether the student struggles, achieves, or progresses on the fundamentals of their respective grade levels.  It is simple to conduct, so it will only take a short period of time. The most advantageous feature of a standardized test is its characteristic of being measurable.  Through measuring students’ achievements, teachers can determine the competency levels. The result of the test helps the educators to distinguish students who need to attend a remedial program.

Moreover, it gives educators a prevalent view to compare and contrast the scores of the students coming from the same grade levels and even other schools. The gathered information then gives an impression of the weak and strong areas in the test.  The result of a standardized test will be the determining factor regarding curriculum making and seminars. Supervisors will then instruct principals to augment teacher’s methods and to enhance curriculum to suit the learner’s needs.

On the other hand, there are also cons in a standardized test. Such as, test items are not aligned to skills in the classroom context. It is apparent that questions are generalized, so it only assesses general knowledge and comprehension. A standardized test does not measure higher-order thinking skills. The questions are limited which make it not useful to determine student’s ability.

It uses a multiple choice type of test which affects the validity of the test for some students happened to choose the correct answer by chance. The scores of a standardized test are scores are considerably affected by factors which are not related to academic like span of attention and fatigue.

Standardized testing may be advantageous or disadvantageous, but what is important is that educators have basis and principle as their bedrock to test learners’ skills and competence to bring out productive citizens in the country.



Are actors and professional athletes paid too much? 

Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?

By: Marshia Garcia


This cool question bothers everyone who thinks that actors and athletes are so lucky to be on the pedestal to receive the highest compensation among the industries in the world.

Recently, Stephen Curry has been announced as the highest paid NBA Player in 2017-2018. Whereas, in Hollywood, Mark Wahlberg, is declared as the actor who has the highest earnings. He tops as the highest paid actor in 2017 for the movie, ׳׳Transformers׳׳, ׳׳Daddy׳s Home 2׳׳, and ׳׳The Last Night.׳׳

Actors seem very relaxed on their work as if they are just having fun, delivering their lines with the emotion required in the scene. Professional athletes, on the other hand, are just stretching their arms like they are just in the four walls of an ordinary fitness gym. This notion of high income and easy to get rich scheme in the industry leads everyone to become famous, thus they use the social media to be discovered. But do they really deserve to be paid that much?

With this trend, reality shows and viral videos make someone popular. However, the issue is not properly addressed if these stars are worthy of its talent fees. Do they really work hard to earn such credit and merit? Some big personalities in the entertainment industry really started from rags. They are ordinary people who started a little penny for the job done in acting, as well as in playing various games in front of the crowd. They invested time, money and exerted their efforts to master their crafts. Thus, as a result to their investments, they are getting a great deal of public attention. Being in the spotlight brings them a big income for they get a lot of offers as product endorsers.

It is sad to note that the real heroes, such as teachers and other professionals who serve for the betterment of the nation have been neglected by the government to enjoy the same benefit as actors and professional athletes do. The laborious tasks of teachers are not recognized. In fact, teaching is considered as a vocation or a noble calling. Not to mention, teachers are the ones who produced noteworthy citizens. Some other professions are recognized and are given plaque of appreciation for a job well done through trophies and cash incentives by the rotary clubs and other award-giving bodies in the public and private sectors. Yet, it is not that as rewarding as celebrities do.

In the other side of the coin, to be highly paid is not the choice of the actors and the professional athletes, it is actually the people who make them popular and in demand. People tend to idolize someone. Apparently, these fans then would patronize the products that their idols are endorsing. The more sales an actor gains from an advertisement, the more his talent fee gets high. He will get more offers and his followers will automatically purchase everything that he is promoting.

Therefore, whether they are paid too much or not, let them be happy of their success, rather than being one of their haters. Some stars are generous enough to share their blessings in the home for the aged and in the orphanage. They also do their part as agents of change and as their avid fans, be worthy of emulation.



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