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sara_ann_dee
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TMos
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Standardized Testing

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/19/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sara_ann_dee

Pro

First round is for acceptance.
TMos

Con

I accept the debate.
Debate Round No. 1
sara_ann_dee

Pro

Standardized testing should continue to exist in schools.

1. It prepares students for future jobs:
To land many jobs and be able to apply, (ie. lawyers, pilots etc.) standardized tests need to be taken to get such jobs. Teaching students from an early age how to handle them will help them for the future.

2. It is a non-discriminatory and fair way of testing:
No racism, sexism etc. can be found with grading these kinds of tests because most of them are multiple choice and for the written sections, the graders do not know the students whom are being graded. This avoids bias and overall makes testing more fair for students to measure academic knowledge.

3. "Teaching to the test" may not be a bad thing:
You may make the argument that teachers "teach to the test" and ignore crucial concepts just to cover all the test material in time. This is false, for all teachers do not know what is on such tests to prepare their students for them. They just follow the core curriculum. It helps teachers and students "focus on essential content," and "eliminates time wasting activities which prevent students from excelling."

4. It does not "narrow" curriculum:
It simply just focuses on more essential topics to succeed.

5. Most parents approve of these tests:
"A June-July 2013 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 75% of parents say standardized tests "are a solid measure of their children's abilities" and 69% say the tests "are a good measure of the schools' quality." 93% of parents say standardized tests "should be used to identify areas where students need extra help" and 61% say their children "take an appropriate number of standardized tests." ~This quote is self-explanatory.

6. Most students approve, and are not "overly-stressed:"
Most students have a positive view towards such testing. And approximately 75% of students support the test and believe it is fair, according to a 2006 country-wide survey.

7. Non-expensive:
It only costs $2-5 per student, which is a small amount compared to buying other materials for schools. ie. textbooks, computers etc. Taxes pay for this for public schools.

8. Most teachers and administrators approve of such tests:

9. Unbiased grading:
Once again, since the teacher of the students are not grading the tests, bias is removed.

10. It prepares students for the future:
Not only jobs, it challenges students to comply with more demanding college work.

Sources: http://standardizedtests.procon.org...
TMos

Con

TMos forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
sara_ann_dee

Pro

Forfeit, vote pro
TMos

Con

TMos forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by whiteflame 9 months ago
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>Reported vote: Hylian_3000// Mod action: NOT Removed<

6 point to Pro (Conduct, Arguments, Sources). Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture

[*Reason for non-removal*] The voter had self-reported, though based on the comments, the vote was changed since that report.
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Posted by Hylian_3000 9 months ago
Hylian_3000
Nevermind, figured out how to change it.
Posted by Hylian_3000 9 months ago
Hylian_3000
Oh, I'm sorry! I clicked the wrong voting buttons. Please excuse my vote and flag it. Please forgive me for the mistake
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Vote Placed by fire_wings 9 months ago
fire_wings
sara_ann_deeTMosTied
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit, Pro is the only one who made arguments.
Vote Placed by U.n 9 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Only Pro provided arguments. Con merely accepted and then forfeited two rounds. Better conduct and convincing arguments points go to Pro by default.
Vote Placed by Hylian_3000 9 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture