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Debate: Standardized Testing For Graduation

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- +A high school diploma acts as the most fundamental gateway to a person realizing her promise and securing her future in adult life. Without this diploma, gainful employment, financial stability, and property ownership become very difficult to obtain. In addition to these practical concerns, a diploma represents the knowledge and skills a person has gained to enable her participation in civic institutions and the actualization of her own life projects. Who earns and who fails to earn a diploma shapes the future socioeconomic makeup of American society by determining what landscape of opportunity is open to young people. High-stakes exit exams also reveal the failures of our society to address past and current discrimination given the achievement gaps they consistently have revealed along racial and class lines.
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Should public high school students be required to pass an exam required for graduation?

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A high school diploma acts as the most fundamental gateway to a person realizing her promise and securing her future in adult life. Without this diploma, gainful employment, financial stability, and property ownership become very difficult to obtain. In addition to these practical concerns, a diploma represents the knowledge and skills a person has gained to enable her participation in civic institutions and the actualization of her own life projects. Who earns and who fails to earn a diploma shapes the future socioeconomic makeup of American society by determining what landscape of opportunity is open to young people. High-stakes exit exams also reveal the failures of our society to address past and current discrimination given the achievement gaps they consistently have revealed along racial and class lines.

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