Do high school students work harder, knowing that they have to pass a standardized test in order to pass high school? Some say no and some say yes. After doing a bit of research, I have come up with a few reasons why some people think that it does, and also why other people think that it doesn’t.
The majority of people that I have asked said that they do not think that it makes students work harder in everyday class. This is because if a student doesn’t care that much about school in general, then that student will not care that much about the standardized test. I would have to agree with this and add my opinion. The standardized tests are not that difficult to pass and if a student is an under achiever and does not care that much about getting good grades in school, then I think that student would not care so much about getting a high grade on the standardized test, and just focus on passing it, even with a very low grade, to reach the overall goal of passing high school. Of course this is the type of student that I would believe to not go to a college or pursuit any kind of challenging or fulfilling career. It all comes down to the attitude of the student and whether or not thy have the initiative to do good in school, get good grades, and move on to become a privileged member of society; although in these days, it is hard to expect that from a lot of today’s youth.
In order to keep from being bias on the issue, I have to speak of the other side of the opinion, although I do not agree with it. The people that say it does help students focus more on their school work in the everyday classroom say that it is because they fear that they will not pass the standardized test, and therefore they feel the need to try harder. The problem with that logic is that if they understood that they needed to actually learn all of the material that the state requires the school to teach through law, then they would overall be a better student....