Should Student’s Test Scores Reflect How Well Teachers Teach?

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Should Student’s Test Scores Reflect How Well Teachers Teach?

Should student’s test scores reflect how well teachers teach?

Jazmyn Boyd

Western Wyoming Community College


        Students are taught and tested on what they know and what they can do. When a student fails a test, the teacher is immediately accused because they didn’t succeed in passing a student (Kinene, Teachers Blamed for Students’ Failure). Cheska Robinson said, “when a student believes their intelligence can be improved, they are more willing to put extra time and effort into their learning” (Growth Mindset in The Classroom, p 18). There are three different influences when it comes to a student’s success in education: the student themselves, teachers, and parents. Students play a huge role in their own education. If they don’t succeed, they don’t progress.

        If a student doesn’t do well on a test, the teacher is questioned. “… Students who use assessment results to take responsibility for their own learning have been found to achieve higher grades than those who see assessments as an indicator of school quality” (Brown, Peterson, & Irving, 2009). As students graduate from one class and move on to the next, they learn new challenging things. Students believe that personal effort and ability are important for academic success, but the responsibility for the encouragement and effort and development are somewhere else (Peterson, Brown, & Irving, 2009). Students must make an effort to succeed. Students are often placed in classes and programs according to placement tests they’ve taken to determine which ones they are eligible for. There was a study among students, parents, and teachers. Each was asked who is responsible for student learning and success. One student notably said “if you are really bright and you just don’t try, then you will get somewhere, but you’re not going to reach your full potential.” (Research in Education, No.86). Others said “you’ve got to be determined and try your best in everything and say, I can do this.’ ‘put as much effort as you can into it.’ ‘it’s just whether you choose to listen and take in information… because if you don’t want to learn, you’re not going to try your hardest in what you are doing, and you won’t pay attention to the teacher…’” (Research in Education, No. 86). One student accused the teacher for their failure: “With a good teacher. you don’t really need natural ability. Like all you need is to pay attention” (Research in Education No. 86).