Why It Matters

Amplifying Voices and Developing Skills to Succeed

NAUDL understands that results matter and we have positioned ourselves at the forefront of urban debate research. These reports show the important connection of urban debate participation to significant outcomes in critical skills and thinking, communication and collaboration, as well as school-readiness and academic success. Recent and compelling studies are highlighted below.

 

Impact of Urban Debate

Research shows that: 

  • For each semester that a student debates, their individual grades improve.
  • Urban debaters are more likely to test as college-ready in English, Reading, Math, and Science.
  • Among high-risk students, as compared to their peers: 
    • Urban debaters have both a higher high school graduation rate.
    • Urban debaters have a higher rate of college enrollment.
    • Urban debaters are more likely to attend a four-year college

Research

Educational Research

Spring 2019
This study adds to the limited literature based on extracurricular debate, examining a 10-year longitudinal sample of Baltimore City Public School System students.

 

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Journal of Negro Education

Summer 2015
Positive Youth Development and Participation in an Urban Debate League: Results from Chicago Public Schools, 1997-2007 Susannah Anderson Policy & Research Group of New Orleans Briana Mezuk Virginia Commonwealth University Research suggests that participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities improves students’ academic outcomes.

 

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Minnesota Public Schools Evaluation of the Urban Debate Program

2014-2015
The evaluation found that UDL has the potential to be a positive addition to MPS schools out-of-school time offerings.

 

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Journal of Adolescence

1997-2007
This study investigates the relationship between participating in a high school debate program on college-readiness in the Chicago Public School district over a 10-year period.

 

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Impact of Participating in a Policy Debate Program on Academic Achievement: Evidence from the Chicago Debate League

September 2011
This study investigates the relationship between participating in a high school debate program on college-readiness in the Chicago Public School district over a 10-year period.

 

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