Standardized testing is a touchy topic when it comes to education. Part of the reason that people may agree with standardized testing is because it can then hold schools and educators accountable for the low grades of their students.
Standardized testing puts everyone on an equal playing field rather than an equitable one. This does not allow students to express their individuality or incorporate their backgrounds. Curriculum involves so many components that aren’t strictly textbook related and cannot be specifically tested on. Another thing to keep in mind is the immigration rate in Canada. There are so many new families coming to Canada that do not speak English as their first language. Standardized testing can be very discouraging and frustrating for these new students as they are being tested on stuff that can be very new to them.
Saskatchewan is talking about bringing in these standardized tests. This is something that we as educators are going to have to deal with regardless of what happens. It is our job and we will have to make the most of it, even though I may not agree with it.
This is still a new topic for me to look into and explore. It has definitely opened my eyes to some different perspectives and I will be inquiring more about standardized tests.