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Should Standardized Testing be used in Schools?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/21/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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debate015

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umm im doing this debate for school and i need some resources please
The-Voice-of-Truth

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I accept your challenge. Good luck to you, and may the best man win.
Debate Round No. 1
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The-Voice-of-Truth

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Standardized testing should be used in schools. Here are some benefits to standardized testing:

1. Standardized testing holds teachers and schools accountable. Probably the greatest benefit of standardized testing is that teachers and schools are responsible for teaching students what they are required to know for these standardized tests. This is primarily because these scores become public record and teachers and schools who don"t perform up to par can come under intense scrutiny. This scrutiny can lead to the loss of job and in some cases a school can be closed or taken over by the state.

2. Standardized testing gives teachers guidance to help them determine what to teach students and when to teach it. The net result is less wasted instructional time and a simplified way of time-line management.

3. Standardized testing gives parents a good idea of how their children are doing as compared to students across the country and locally. This can also indicate how your local area is doing compared to the national landscape.

4. Standardized testing allows students located in various schools, districts, and even states to be compared. Without standardized testing this comparison would not be possible. Public school students in the state of Texas are all required to take the same state standardized tests. This means that a student in Amarillo can be compared to a student in Dallas. Being able to accurately compare data is invaluable and is a major reason that the Common Core State Standards have been adopted. These will allow for a more accurate comparison between states.

5. Standardized testing is typically accompanied by a set of established standards or instructional framework which provide teachers with guidance for what and when something needs to be taught. Without this structure a third grade teacher and a sixth grade teacher could be teaching the same content. Having this guidance also keeps students who move from one school district to another from being behind or ahead their new school.

6. Standardized tests are objective in nature. Classroom grades given by a teacher are at the very least minimally subjective in nature. Standardized tests are often scored by computers or at the very least scored by people who do not directly know the student. They are also developed by experts and each question undergoes an intense process to remove bias.

7. Standardized tests provide accurate comparisons between sub-groups. These sub-groups can include data on ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special needs, etc. This provides schools with data to develop programs and services directed at improving scores in these sub-groups. (This is NOT discrimination)

As you see, standardized tests are beneficial to the nation; they provide the Department of Education with raw data that they can use to enhance their education curriculum and their academic standards. Also, this enables the Department of Education to create special learning programs that can be personalized to fit the needs of the students.
Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Leo.Messi 2 years ago
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Excellent Job
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 2 years ago
The-Voice-of-Truth
Please vote. I have yet to win or lose a debate; the only other one I have done was a tie due to the fact that no one voted. I am not promoting any side of this debate (just in case there are people that think I am asking for votes), I am simply requesting that whoever sees this will vote and vote honestly.

Thank you.
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 2 years ago
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May I say that the only reason I forfeited any round in this debate is because I did not have access to this website at home while on Thanksgiving Break.
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