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September-October 2019 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas: Standardized Tests and College Admissions

September-October 2019 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas: Standardized Tests and College Admissions

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its September-October 2019 NSDA Lincoln- Douglas resources on standardized tests & admissions!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on August 8, 2019, is:

Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

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Standardized Tests & Admissions Index


AFFIRMATIVE

  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION BAD: EXCLUDE STUDENTS WITH LOW SES
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION BAD: MANY CAN’T AFFORD PREPARATION FOR THE TEST
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION BAD: COLLEGES MOVING AWAY FROM STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION BAD: PUSHES ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO TEST PREP
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION BAD: SCARE OFF OTHERWISE QUALIFIED STUDENTS
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: THEY ARE PRONE TO CORRUPTION
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: THEY DON’T MEASURE ALL STUDENT TALENTS EFFECTIVELY
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: THEY DON’T MEASURE CRITICAL THINKING
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: SCORES ARE HIGHLY CORRELATED WITH PARENTAL INCOME/EDUCATION
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: THEY AREN’T AS PREDICTIVE AS CLAIMED
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS BAD: RACIALLY BIASED
  • ALTERNATIVES BETTER: GENERAL
  • ALTERNATIVES BETTER: HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IS PREDICTIVE
  • ALTERNATIVES BETTER: TEST-OPTIONAL POLICIES BETTER
  • A/T: REFORMS HAVE DECREASED SES BIAS

NEGATIVE

  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION GOOD: TEST SCORES HELP INFORM THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION GOOD: HELPS ADMISSIONS OFFICIALS COMPARE CANDIDATES FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
  • TEST SCORE INCLUSION GOOD: SHOULD TRAIN ADMISSIONS STAFF TO USE TESTS CORRECTLY
  • BANNING SCORES BAD: ELIMINATES OBJECTIVES MEASURES FROM ADMISSIONS
  • BANNING SCORES BAD: DOESN’T INCREASE DIVERSITY
  • BANNING SCORES BAD: NO RESEARCH BACKS BANNING
  • BANNING TESTS BAD: HURTS HIGH-ABILITY STUDENTS FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS GOOD: TESTS ARE PREDICTIVE OF SUCCESS IN COLLEGE
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS GOOD: NEED OBJECTIVE MEASURES
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS GOOD: WE USE STANDARDIZED TESTS ACROSS MANY PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS GOOD: WHILE NOT A COMPLETE MEASURE, TESTS MEASURE IMPORTANT SKILLS
  • STANDARDIZED TESTS GOOD: NOT RACIALLY BIASED
  • ALTERNATIVES BAD: STILL ADVANTAGE THE WEALTHY
  • ALTERNATIVES BAD: GRADES ARE TERRIBLE INDICATORS
  • ALTERNATIVE TO BANNING: KEEP THE TESTS, CHANGE THE SCOPE
  • A/T: COLLEGE ARE DROPPING TESTS SCORES
  • A/T: STANDARDIZED TESTS ARE PREDICTIVE OF PARENTAL INCOME/SUCCESS
  • A/T: THE WEALTHY CAN AFFORD TUTORS FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • A/T: COLLEGE BOARD SAYS THEIR TESTS ARE RESEARCH-BACKED!
  • A/T: TEST PREP PROVES TESTS ARE CORRUPT
  • A/T: DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS ARE ABUSED BY THE RICH
  • A/T: TEST FOCUS HURTS DIVERSITY
  • A/T: SCHOOLS WILL TEACH TO THE TEST

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