The data from a survey of high school math and science teachers show that in the district of Sanlee many of these teachers reported assigning daily homework whereas in the district of Marlee most science and math teachers reported assigning homework no mo

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The data from a survey of high school math and science teachers show that in the district of Sanlee many of these teachers reported assigning daily homework, whereas in the district of Marlee, most science and math teachers reported assigning homework no more than two or three days per week. Despite receiving less frequent homework assignments, Marlee students earn better grades overall and are less likely to be required to repeat a year of school than are students in Sanlee. These results call into question the usefulness of frequent homework assignments. Most likely the Marlee students have more time to concentrate on individual assignments than do the Sanlee students who have homework every day. Therefore teachers in our high schools should assign homework no more than twice a week.

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

The author in the argument, concludes that assigning homework no more than twice a week will improve the grades of the students in Sanlee. In order to support his argument, the author provides evidences like the results of a survey comparison with the district of marlee, and number of assignments given to stuents. The author's argument is potentially valid, however, the author should provide other evidence to evaluate the argument properly.
First of all, the author assumes that the results obtained from the survey is the actual scenario. It is possible that the survey is not representative of the total population. Perhaps, the survey was done in haste and sampling was done as per the convenience of surveyor. The author should provide specific evidence like survey was carried out in a scientific way, the surveyed population was representative of the population, and the questions asked in the survey were completely relevant for the study. If author provides these evidences then the results of the survey are validated and the persuasiveness of the argument is improved. If author fails to do so, then the argument does not hold water.
Secondly, the author assumes that the district of Sanlee and district of Marlee are comparable. It is possible that these different cities have different infrastructures for study purposes. It is possible that district of Sanlee is a indigenous community that have just started schools in their locality and students are beginning to gain formal knowledge. The author should provide specific evidences like the district of Sanlee and district of Merlee are similar in terms of infrastructures for study purposes, the teachers in both districts are equally qualified and teach students with equal adeptness, and the level of students education is similar. If author provides these specific evidences then the possibility for alternative explanation relating students performances are eliminated and the argument is buttressed.
Thirdly, the author erroneously attributes the lower grades of students to the greater number of assignments given to the students. It is possible that teacher do not teach students properly and just provide assignments that does not improve students capability. Perhaps the teachers give assignments that are not related to the students course work. It is possible that the teacher gives assignments but students fail to do those assignments. The author should provide the specific evidence that explicitly asserts that the assignments given to the students were germane to the students coursework, and students do all those assignments. If author provides these particular pieces of evidence then the persuasiveness of the argument is improved. If the author fails to provide these sets of evidences then there is enough room for alternative explanation that dramatically reduces the persuasiveness of the argument.
In conclusion, the argument, as it stands now, is not as convincing as it sounds. There are several flaws that ,if not substantiated, dramatically undermines the persuasiveness of the argument. The author should provide the specific evidences as mentioned above to support his argument so that the argument can be assessed properly. If author provides the evidences as mentioned above, the argument is strengthened and the space for alternative explanation is removed.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 1, column 321, Rule ID: POSSESIVE_APOSTROPHE[1]
Message: Possible typo: apostrophe is missing. Did you mean 'authors'' or 'author's'?
Suggestion: authors'; author's
...er of assignments given to stuents. The authors argument is potentially valid, however,...
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Line 2, column 345, Rule ID: IN_A_X_MANNER[1]
Message: Consider replacing "in a scientific way" with adverb for "scientific"; eg, "in a hasty manner" with "hastily".
...ic evidence like survey was carried out in a scientific way, the surveyed population was representa...
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Line 3, column 232, Rule ID: EN_A_VS_AN
Message: Use 'an' instead of 'a' if the following word starts with a vowel sound, e.g. 'an article', 'an hour'
Suggestion: an
... is possible that district of Sanlee is a indigenous community that have just sta...
^
Line 4, column 579, Rule ID: POSSESIVE_APOSTROPHE[2]
Message: Possible typo: apostrophe is missing. Did you mean 'students'' or 'student's'?
Suggestion: students'; student's
...ven to the students were germane to the students coursework, and students do all those a...
^^^^^^^^
Line 4, column 639, Rule ID: SENTENCE_FRAGMENT[1]
Message: “If” at the beginning of a sentence requires a 2nd clause. Maybe a comma, question or exclamation mark is missing, or the sentence is incomplete and should be joined with the following sentence.
... and students do all those assignments. If author provides these particular pieces...
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Line 5, column 110, Rule ID: COMMA_PARENTHESIS_WHITESPACE
Message: Put a space after the comma, but not before the comma
Suggestion: ,
... it sounds. There are several flaws that ,if not substantiated, dramatically under...
^^

Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, first, however, if, second, secondly, so, then, third, thirdly, in conclusion, first of all

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 32.0 19.6327345309 163% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 7.0 12.9520958084 54% => OK
Conjunction : 14.0 11.1786427146 125% => OK
Relative clauses : 16.0 13.6137724551 118% => OK
Pronoun: 33.0 28.8173652695 115% => OK
Preposition: 56.0 55.5748502994 101% => OK
Nominalization: 26.0 16.3942115768 159% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2845.0 2260.96107784 126% => OK
No of words: 523.0 441.139720559 119% => OK
Chars per words: 5.43977055449 5.12650576532 106% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.78217453174 4.56307096286 105% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.03383303561 2.78398813304 109% => OK
Unique words: 196.0 204.123752495 96% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.374760994264 0.468620217663 80% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
syllable_count: 900.9 705.55239521 128% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.7 1.59920159681 106% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 5.0 4.96107784431 101% => OK
Article: 16.0 8.76447105788 183% => OK
Subordination: 8.0 2.70958083832 295% => Less adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 4.0 1.67365269461 239% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 2.0 4.22255489022 47% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 25.0 19.7664670659 126% => OK
Sentence length: 20.0 22.8473053892 88% => OK
Sentence length SD: 51.9492059612 57.8364921388 90% => OK
Chars per sentence: 113.8 119.503703932 95% => OK
Words per sentence: 20.92 23.324526521 90% => OK
Discourse Markers: 3.84 5.70786347227 67% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.15768463074 97% => OK
Language errors: 6.0 5.25449101796 114% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 8.0 8.20758483034 97% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 10.0 6.88822355289 145% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 7.0 4.67664670659 150% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.138404765756 0.218282227539 63% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.05275021796 0.0743258471296 71% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0518853762796 0.0701772020484 74% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0831922267274 0.128457276422 65% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0507671526063 0.0628817314937 81% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 14.7 14.3799401198 102% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 42.72 48.3550499002 88% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.1628742515 123% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 12.3 12.197005988 101% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 14.27 12.5979740519 113% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 7.83 8.32208582834 94% => OK
difficult_words: 106.0 98.500998004 108% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 11.0 12.3882235529 89% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.0 11.1389221557 90% => OK
text_standard: 15.0 11.9071856287 126% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: 4.0 out of 6
Category: Good Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 6 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 4 2
No. of Sentences: 25 15
No. of Words: 523 350
No. of Characters: 2792 1500
No. of Different Words: 185 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.782 4.7
Average Word Length: 5.338 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.962 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 229 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 182 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 146 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 71 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 20.92 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 7.756 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.56 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.362 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.362 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.155 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 1 5