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Anxiety has increased in students over the last few decades and has proven to affect their well-being and overall academic performance. One common factor that has increased stress-levels is the implementation of standardized testing. The pressure and weight that standardized tests put on students are detrimentally affecting their grades and overall health. In addition, certain demographics are being more negatively affected by standardized tests; therefore, putting specific groups at a disadvantage. As a result of increased anxiety, schools have started to address the need for programs that assess and assist students’ mental health. The first step many schools take is figuring out sources of anxiety for students. Educators and administrators have realized the importance of offering counseling for students as well as increasing awareness of mental health, as it has proven to lower anxiety levels. However, many obstacles still fall in the way of resources being available to all students, whether it be social pressures or outside factors that impact the school. As future educators, we are interested in researching why anxiety has increased in students in recent years, and how it can be addressed. We believe that teachers should help develop their students as people, not just focus on the student’s academic performance.
Jennifer T Christman, Susan M Ferguson
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Mental-Health in School" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1483.