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Transcript of ACT Anxiety
protesting standardized tests nationwide
How do gators feel about the ACT?
"There is evidence that state standards and state assessments alone do not acurately reflect the college readiness of the students in the state." -ACT, Inc.
About the ACT
"I don't think it should determine getting into college because some people just aren't great test takers." -Destiny
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard - that's how I feel about the ACT. You might do well on the test, but if you don't have a good work ethic, what do your scores prove?"
"The ACT doesn't measure how smart you are."
"It's largely reading oriented, but the time allowed on the test doesn't let you comprehend what you're reading."
"I feel like the test is not made for everyone, only a certain type of people."
In Massachussetts, 220,000 high school students were scheduled to take the state's required academic achievement test in April of 2000. 200 students staged protests encouraging the intentional failure of the test, chanting "Be a hero! Take a zero!" on campuses across the state.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
About test-prep stress
What the experts say...
Nicky Hayes (editor of
Foundations of Psychology
): "Common responses to 'exam stress' include disturbed sleep patterns, tiredness, worry, irregular eating habits, increased infections, and inability to concentrate."
Tim Urdan (assistant professor of psychology at Santa Clara University): "Stressed elementary students in grades two through four tend to show emotional stress behaviors such as crying, throwing tantrums, wetting themselves, and vomiting. The older kids, such as those in high school, are more likely to show 'rebellious' responses: refusal to participate, cutting class, and deliberately undermining the test by answering incorrectly on purpose."
Bowen, Bryant. Personal interview. 3 April 2014.
"Do Current State Standards and Assessments Reflect College Readiness?"
ACT Inc., 2005. Web. 3 April 2014.
Edelstein, Daniel. "Test + Stress = Problems for Students."
Post It Science, 12 July 2000. Web. 3 April 2014.
Fort, Brook. Personal interview. 3 April 2014.
Jackson, Destiny. Personal interview. 3 April 2014.
Juneau, Lewis. Personal interview. 3 April 2014.
Riccord, Megan. Personal interview. 3 April 2014.
The performance levels of students drastically decrease when suffering from high amounts of stress.
By House Argus