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Now that only one High School Assessment is left and all other testing is over, students have finally taken their last sigh of relief – until finals, at least.

With the introduction of the new PARCC assessment this year, students are even more stressed now that the end of the school year has come. The PARCC seems to have sprung up without any warning, considering most students don’t even know what it stands for (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). The standardized tests keep piling up, and students – and the governor – are questioning their effectivity.

“I err on the side of more local control of our education system. I believe that those who are in front of students every day understand best how to educate our children,” says Maryland governor, Larry Hogan to the Capital News Service.

Standardized tests require teachers to prepare students for testing, not for future courses or real world experience. The concern that these tests are taking valuable time out of lesson plans is making Maryland teachers turn against the overload of standardized tests.

In response to those who believe standardized assessments are beneficial to students, the example of Finland’s education system boasts one of the highest international education rankings with no formal standardized tests for students. Finland educators thoroughly believe in no child being left behind and make sure every student is performing to their best ability, not being overly challenged or under-challenged.

Numerous flaws plague the methods of standardized tests, including discrimination against non-English speakers and the testing of memory instead of understanding. These types of tests used to be administered to determine in which areas a child needed extra help, but now, they’re used to judge a child’s ability against those of other students.

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