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Social Change Project


marnie carmella

on 19 January 2016

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Because people would act purposefully to create this social shift, and it involves more than just economic forces.
Mariana Chacon
Jessica Nelson
Work ethic, level of education of the students, and creative/critical thinking skills
The problem is on a large scale and affects all students in the nation
Restricts students from learning to think creatively and critically.
Creates an uneven, biased field for students because of “differences in learning style, cultural diversity, language barriers and low socioeconomic status” (Grant, M.)
Puts a large amount of pressure
on both students and teachers
Teachers have reported that they lose time to teach during the year because of testing and test preparation (Walker, T.)
Tremendously increased the use of standardized tests in public schools
“US students slipped from 18th in the world in math in 2000 to 31st place in 2009, with a similar decline in science and no change in reading.” (ProCon.org).
Testing, Changing, and Maintaining
It involves a shift in the value system and organization of the educational system. It influences and is opposed by a considerable number of individuals within a society.
Elimination of Standardized Tests
Social Change:
Macro Level Social Change
"I am not a number"
Order and Control:
Perspectives for Testing:
Social Problem
Grant, M. (2003). What is Standardized Testing? - Definition and Lesson. Retrieved September 28,
2015, from http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-standardized-testing-definition-and-lesson.htm
Standardized Tests - ProCon.org. (2015, April 3). Retrieved September 28, 2015, from http://
Walker, T. (2014, September 2). The Testing Obsession and the Disappearing Curriculum - NEA
Today. Retrieved September 27, 2015, from http://neatoday.org/2014/09/02/the-testing-obsession-and-the-disappearing-curriculum-2/
Rooks, N. (2012, October 11). Why It's Time to Get Rid of Standardized Tests. Retrieved
September 28, 2015, from http://ideas.time.com/2012/10/11/why-its-time-to-get-rid-of-standardized-tests/
Partanen, A. (2011, December 29). What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School
Success. Retrieved September 29, 2015, from http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/
Tienken, C. (2015, January 29). Standardized Testing is not Teaching [Video File]. Retrieved from
No Child Left Behind Act (NCBLA)
Why Are They A Problem?
Value Consensus
Society Before:
based on long-standing customs
Society After:
people are grouped together by the work they do
Functionalist Theory
Even if the education system is changed, society would still function in harmony because its balance would be kept by the other institutions doing their part
Interpretivism and Postitivism
Data would be based on how the students view what they learn from their own perspective
Finland consistently is one of the highest-scoring countries on international tests
and it has one of the highest qualities of
life in the world. The country uses no
standardized tests until graduation.
Considerations to account for:
Subjectivity in our data, since Interpretivism could hold biases
Data would include students' grades and amount of material covered

(before and after removing these tests)
We are looking at
standardized testing is considered a problem in society.
What is standardized testing?
Given in a consistent manner to students to then analyze and compare their results
Objective: To measure the students’ achievements and hold teachers
accountable for learning goals
Goal Maintenance:
Becoming a more educated individual, as desired
Sociological Problem
The upper class would still have the advantage of more resources, but getting into college would become a more even field.
The other cultural variations
would remain unaffected by this social change.
Minorities would still lack educational resources, but their disadvantage of biased standardized tests would be taken away
Sense of Belonging
Students can feel like they are part of a group by finding other students who are interested in learning similar subjects.
Students would still need a co-operative environment, like a classroom, and a teacher, to reach their goals.
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