I’m not going to argue that taking a standardized test is fun. I know they can be stressful, but there are valid reasons for keeping them. Standardized testing is an objective way to measure how students are performing. While in theory all tests should do this, there is just too much variation between classes for class-specific tests to be as useful. Standardized testing enables schools to identify areas where they might need to improve their curriculum so that students are at the same level as students from other schools and districts. They also give students practice in taking these types of tests, which we may need to take to apply to college, to get a driver’s permit, and even for some jobs. Standardized tests might not be fun, but they’re important.
—Dylan Mondrus, Connecticut