These were the tests that my father said were important. He said that classroom assessments seemed more important for teachers and there were no advanced placement courses or dual credit classes. My dad argued that, back then, students did not have as many choices as they have today. However, even when there were fewer choices, he believes that students still performed well academically. Huff (2015), also agrees because he says that the percentage of students who passed their tests in 1994 was at 52% which later changed to 79% in year 1998. Furthermore, he explained that “children had no idea what was I store for them after graduating”.
He noted the differences by saying that today the education system seems to focus more on getting the results of students through state tests, rather than focusing and cultivating the career interests of each child. His statements made me wonder what I would do, if I was an administrator. I believe that I would create the urgency to get teachers in schools to agree that focusing on state tests solely to gauge student’s success is not the only solution. I would also work on promoting a powerful coalition between teachers and students. I believe that this would ensure that students listen to teachers’ advice and teachers focus on guiding students towards their desired