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Should State Standards be Abolished.

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Started: 10/4/2013 Category: Education
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MatthewQ

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Should State Standards be Abolished.

Lets assume that that state standards mean that standards adopted by state agencies responsible for the approval of programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel. State standards may include candidate knowledge, skills, and disposition.

If we have set standards, different from state to state, does that mean that any one state is going to be smarter then another state? Is one state going to start producing "smarter" students then any other state?

If State Standards were to be abolished, It would give room for each school to improve in a way so that the teachers can teach more on any one subject, thought, or idea that we can be smarter and more "well rounded" students in general.

Teachers rush all year trying to follow a specific timeline, so students will be able to take the state test's.

With standards being abolished teachers would not have to rush throughout the year and would be able to teach everyone, teachers would have more time throughout the year to make sure that students understand the material properly.

Abolishing state standards would not only make students smarter, It would raise test score's significantly.
CaliBear

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My opponent claims that taking away federal test scores will bring up children's test scores .

The premise itself is suspect. America is already falling way below the testing threshold, so much so that Obama much introduce waivers for states. If the students cannot meet the minimal testing, how does my opponent believe they can perform at a higher bar?
Additionally the states that already have relaxed state testing thresholds ( AK, MI, AL etc.) are failing even further behind than states with a higher testing threshold (MA,RI, OR etc.)

The real focus should be in investing in education especially to teachers. If you pay more you can set the bar higher in terms of employment and thus require more of a better teacher. You see this true in many cases. For example in California teachers in more affluent counties get paid more and subsequently the students do better than in inner city California schools.

Sillicoin Valley has best scoring students in state: http://www.mercurynews.com...
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