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Destiny Jackson
3/27 discussion
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:57pm
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I am considering the topic of standardized testing in high school. My topic right now is exit exams should be given to high school seniors to graduate. But in class today we talked about some students not testing well and how dumb people can pass a test and look smart. So I am kind of confused on which way I want to argue the topic. I did not even think about how I was one of those students, who is smart but does not test well. I am thinking now I should argue against it because I may be able to find more data on how many ďdumbĒ kids pass the exit exam and how many ďsmartĒ kids fil it. It will be interesting to analyze the graphs and different information given for my topic. Testing is a valid way to see what kids know but if the kid is smart and doesnít have test taking strategy knowledge then this method will blow up in your face. The other problem is just because kids get good grades in all of their classes then that should mean that they know the information form the course. Sometimes the teachers are at fault because they do give grades away; especially in high school. I know this from experience. I watched the athletes and the under privileged children receive grades they did not deserve. When it came time for students to take the test they did not know a thing. That situation is unfair to the smart kids that get the grades they deserve because when it comes time to take then exit exam they perform poorly. The athletes and under privileged children go to a different classroom towards the end of the year to learn test taking strategies. The counter argument to my topic is that exit exams should be taken by high school students in order to graduate. I donít think I will be arguing this topic because there may be more information on the other one. I agree with both sides which is weird but I need to pick the one that is going to get me a good grade.

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