One part of the educational cycle that is familiar to nearly every student in the United States is the usage of annual standardized tests. Every year, students are evaluated as to how they measure up to their peers across the country. These tests are often important for teachers who may discover that a student is falling behind in a certain area or may have a learning disability.
Even more important is the discussion of standardized testing for college preparation. The SAT and ACT examinations are commonly used across the country with some parents and teachers preferring one over the other. While the ACT examination for special education students is broken into four distinct sections that must each be completed in a single sitting, the SAT examination is often preferred because it is broken into ten shorter and more manageable sections. The SAT was redesigned for the 2015 school year, and many special education teachers love the changes that have been made. Many feel that the questions and vocabulary that must be known for it are more applicable to today’s post-secondary work. In addition, it is no longer all multiple-choice format but instead has a variety of answering formats.
Of course, no matter how a special education student performs on standardized tests, whether they are annual elementary or secondary examinations or college-prep examinations, parents, students and teachers must keep in mind that they are not the only evaluators of the student. Not every child is strong on tests, but all have an area in which they excel. Instead, these evaluations give educators and college entrance advisors a small look at how the child is progressing and whether he or she is prepared for post-secondary education.