Standardized Testing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 04 May 2015
  • American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

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  • Jared Brandt
    Jared Brandt  6 minutes back

    US Fed gov f#[email protected]'s up everything. Privatized education is the way. Funny thing is 98% of American's did not vote for the candidate pledging to fix this in 2016.

    • Nic DeGrave
      Nic DeGrave  10 hours back

      I'm so glad I was in college before Dubya ran eddjimukayshun.

      • Stephen Dowdye
        Stephen Dowdye  14 hours back

        No one cares test makers!

        • Martin Borchers
          Martin Borchers  15 hours back

          I had an English teacher who would lower grades based on technicalities in high school. Never gave out perfect scores. We figured she did that to keep general averages from raising to much year to year. It was infuriating.

          • Chain Reactions Film Productions

            The whole “don’t discuss the contents of your test” thing is probably the least followed school rule, second only to the dress code

            • Cosmic
              Cosmic  2 days back

              In all the different schools I have been to I have never once had a rally or been shown a video or have had a pep talk to let us no we can do it all I've ever had is teachers drilling me and my peers about how every test we take determines whether or not we succeed whether or not we have a good future if you can't pass the test and your grades drop then *you* should have studied more *you* should have practiced more we have never heard encouragement we've never received remorse or sympathy all we've ever gotten are were lectures about how much this matters and how much we must succeed and how bad it will be if we don't and then we we have rallies and meetings when our scores saying we're not good enough and we need to *do* better we need to *try* harder

              • joe jane
                joe jane  2 days back


                • Obiwan Kenobi
                  Obiwan Kenobi  2 days back

                  As a Brit, Oliver should know how bad French people are at speaking English, let alone French kids :D

                  • Gogn Here
                    Gogn Here  3 days back

                    this is really funny to see as a Chinese person

                    • RobinoK
                      RobinoK  3 days back

                      I can confirm our teachers told us "if you vomit on your testing device it will be placed in a plastic bag, and sent off to be reset, and you will take the test again"

                      • Genealyn Love II
                        Genealyn Love II  4 days back

                        I think they should take their own test and place them to be scored amongst everyone elses ... So they can see how that shit really feels it sucks to have studied and studied for weeks( hell months when i get to high school) for this dumb ass test then for it to be irritating and confusing at times ah yeah and it tells you that your the dumb one

                        • Christina Penner
                          Christina Penner  5 days back

                          I love watching Last Week Tonight but now I fucking hate everything else.... fuck schools, how could they continue this bull shit?!

                          • HyperZz
                            HyperZz  5 days back

                            Americans have nothing to complain about. Ten tests a year is nothing. You only have like 7 subjects, just shut up and appreciate how easy your education system is. Thnx.

                            • Finley Staples
                              Finley Staples  6 days back

                              I have cried in at least 7 of my standardized tests in the last year

                              • Shakur Variawa
                                Shakur Variawa  6 days back

                                How does a first world country have such a bad education system?

                                • Ha Ha Haa!
                                  Ha Ha Haa!  7 days back

                                  So... An impossible to win test provided by a private, for-profet corporation determines how much funding a school gets. So -No- Every Child Left Behind.
                                  😡 *THANKS REPUBLICANS*

                                  • Tipton
                                    Tipton  7 days back

                                    If you are wandering if Person company has changed, I can tell you they haven't. I ran into every single issue that was brought up in this video. I passed one test after the first software I was working on was bugged and this was for AutoCad Professional. The second one I could never take as the testing software never worked after 4 attempts this one was for Revit. No one in this company know anything about the test they give out. I have given up on it as I don't really need the certification as I have work experience. I'm still waiting for my refund as they only do it by check and the first one they spelled my name wrong. Biggest joke of company I have ever seen.

                                    • dForce13
                                      dForce13  1 weeks back

                                      the USA and third-world quality public education go hand in hand

                                      • Mach9330
                                        Mach9330  1 weeks back

                                        Common Core is stupid, and I'm glad i was already out of highschool before that shit took effect.

                                        • Donna Clements
                                          Donna Clements  2 weeks back

                                          When my son was in high school, each grade was required to take a standardized test. They actually had them take a 3 week class to get prepared for the test. I thought that was absolutely ridiculous.

                                          • Snow
                                            Snow  2 weeks back

                                            I mainly grew up to Pearson's tests, now I'm questioning the level of my education and how to improve it.

                                            • rgderen88
                                              rgderen88  2 weeks back

                                              13:45 not anymore.

                                              • rgderen88
                                                rgderen88  2 weeks back

                                                Chick at 10:15 actually NEEDS testing. Sounds like she struggle with pressure situations and needs help learning to deal with them.

                                                • Teag Brohman GDC
                                                  Teag Brohman GDC  2 weeks back

                                                  who wants to bet the pineapple thing was written by an AI

                                                  • Teag Brohman GDC
                                                    Teag Brohman GDC  2 weeks back

                                                    "Education is what remains, after one has forgotten what they've learned in school"
                                                    - Albert Einstein

                                                    you know, if one of the smartest human beings on earth says something like that, it probably means that there's something seriously wrong with our educational system & schools

                                                    • Cameron Brown
                                                      Cameron Brown  2 weeks back

                                                      F*cking pearson

                                                      • Cameron Brown
                                                        Cameron Brown  2 weeks back

                                                        That calculus question at 7:07 is incorrect fyi

                                                        • liv Tube
                                                          liv Tube  2 weeks back

                                                          FCAT me bad mind FUCKCAT so sorry but me bad mind

                                                          • shulamithbond
                                                            shulamithbond  2 weeks back

                                                            I'm so proud of all these kids for boycotting this shit.

                                                            • Raushan singh
                                                              Raushan singh  2 weeks back

                                                              People crying about exams now!!! 🤦🏻‍♂️

                                                              • Aaron Wong
                                                                Aaron Wong  2 weeks back

                                                                Just read the answers to the hare and pineapple questions at

                                                                • RedstoneBanane
                                                                  RedstoneBanane  2 weeks back

                                                                  Why are there tests in kindergarten in the US? Thats just ridiculous!

                                                                  • Kenya mbele
                                                                    Kenya mbele  2 weeks back

                                                                    Schools for profit, prisons for profit, government for profit....Big business everywhere

                                                                    • otakon17
                                                                      otakon17  2 weeks back

                                                                      7:42 Literally does the test as perfectly as possible but still needs THREE MORE POINTS BEYOND WHAT IS POSSIBLE TO NOT COUNT IN THE NEGATIVE. *HOW*, that is literally IMPOSSIBLE GOALS.

                                                                      • Eric Patterson
                                                                        Eric Patterson  3 weeks back

                                                                        Our local school district is moving toward making 100% of a student grade based on test scores to drive students toward better performance on standardized tests.

                                                                        • Chungus Foot fungus
                                                                          Chungus Foot fungus  3 weeks back

                                                                          india is even worse

                                                                          • Carnitas Nation
                                                                            Carnitas Nation  3 weeks back

                                                                            Im in middle school and the school was asking to sign a sheet everyday saying that i cannot have technology during test time because we might use it to cheat and im all like WTF who can i cheat with if i have no friens??????????😂😂😂😂

                                                                            • Quinntus79
                                                                              Quinntus79  3 weeks back

                                                                              The American education should start taking notes from Amazon and Google. The purpose of assessment should be to see how much students are learning and retaining. It's all about getting usable data. Google and Amazon are good at that.

                                                                              • Eh, An old account
                                                                                Eh, An old account  3 weeks back

                                                                                These companies should be tried for crimes against humanity; specifically the crippling of our future..

                                                                                • Green
                                                                                  Green  3 weeks back

                                                                                  the ACT and the SAT are stupid but no one talks about them

                                                                                  • Potatius
                                                                                    Potatius  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I studied law and our university had a policy that read as follows: "no more than one student per exam can achieve maximum score"...absolutely ridiculous

                                                                                    • Aarzu
                                                                                      Aarzu  4 weeks back

                                                                                      The problem with standardized testing goes even deeper than a lot of people realize in the issue of unintended consequences. One of the ugly realities that hit my rural high school was the fact that if a certain percentage of students don't take the test or attend school to take the test, for whatever reason, it gets marked as a failure for the school. Two failures for a school meant the government would step in and take over the school's curriculum and other things and a number of teachers employed could get dismissed. My high school failed one year because of the number of students who didn't appear to take the test, even though the ones who did made the overall average pretty good.
                                                                                      The next year our principal wasn't shy about informing teachers and students about the stakes of the testing that year, what it would mean for the faculty and staff...and he hinted that if enough students showed up for the test to get them off the hook, then we'd be given a day off or an event would be held or something like that. The day of the testing came and went and then everyone was told the principal wasn't going to do anything special for the event, he just teased everyone with a carrot so that enough people would show up. That principal didn't last much longer at that school.

                                                                                      • tired
                                                                                        tired  4 weeks back

                                                                                        sorry but... I have a hard time believing that she does "good" in school if she doesn't know when to use "good" and when to use "well" 9:55

                                                                                        • Mahayla Balentine
                                                                                          Mahayla Balentine  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Anyone from Florida remembers the FCAT was impossible to pass.

                                                                                          • Pebble Person
                                                                                            Pebble Person  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Just seeing the Pearson logo gave me war flashbacks. I also got some weird flashbacks to when my sewing teacher taught us to work in an assembly line for an entire semester. Don't know why that was brought forth from the pit of repression.

                                                                                            • S M
                                                                                              S M  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Someone forgot to normalize the equation

                                                                                              • as8651
                                                                                                as8651  4 weeks back

                                                                                                A good topic would be the BS of press ganey

                                                                                                • allspaced out
                                                                                                  allspaced out  1 months back

                                                                                                  I am from TX and was the last of the TAKS (our standardized test). I did really well with English and Science. But, I always had problems with Math. That's not my strongest subject at all. I failed it numerous times until my junior year cause I needed it to graduate. My school forced me to go to a few Saturday "programs" for Math. I passed by one question above the minimum. Standardized tests are shit... I felt like shit when I nearly lost my chance to graduate.