Through independent peer-reviewed research we know that urban debate prepares students to succeed in school and in life.
90% of urban debaters graduate on time.
72% of urban debaters with the highest risk of dropping out graduate on time.
Each semester that a student debates, his/her grades will improve.
At graduation, the average GPA of an urban debater is 3.23, significantly above the college readiness benchmark.
Debaters are more likely to test as college ready.
After graduating from high school, 86% of urban debaters enroll in college.
Urban debaters are 80% more likely to graduate from college.
Urban debate prepares students for twenty-first century careers.
The study finds that debaters participating in the Minnesota Debate League had higher standardized test scores in reading and math. 2014-15 Urban Debate League MPS Evaluation, September 2015.
Participating in a policy debate program and academic achievement among at-risk adolescents in an urban public school district: 1997–2007, Journal of Adolescence, Oct. 2012.
Impact of participating in a policy debate program on academic achievement: Evidence from the Chicago Urban Debate League, Educational Research and Reviews, Sep. 2011.
New Preliminary Findings from the Chicago Debate League Study
Presentation by Dr. Briana Mezuk, PhD and Susannah Anderson, MPH, April 19, 2013.
Positive Youth Development and Participation in an Urban Debate League: Results from Chicago Public Schools, 1997-2007, by Dr. Briana Mezuk, PhD and Susannah Anderson, Journal of Negro Education, Summer 2015.
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