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[Susan notes: Here's evidence that persistence pays off. The Washington Post has ignored many of Stephen Krashen's evidence-filled letters. But he wore them down. ]

Published in Washington Post

To the editor

The Right Questions About 'No Child'

The Post's claim that improvement in test scores among younger

students stems from No Child Left Behind and similar efforts is not

supported by the data.

Current scores on national tests (the grade 4 National Assessment of

Educational Progress test) are high, but the No Child Left Behind law

deserves none of the credit: The increase came before NCLB was

implemented, and there has been no real improvement since then. Also,

the "achievement gap" has not narrowed: The crucial difference,

between children from high and low-income families, has not changed

since NCLB was implemented.

Scores on state reading tests have increased, but they were improving

before NCLB came along. Researchers Bruce Fuller of the University of

California at Berkeley and Jaekyung Lee of the State University of New

York have independently shown that NCLB did not increase the rate of

improvement. The law, in other words, has not added anything.

The writer is a professor emeritus at the University of Southern

California's Rossier School of Education.

Stephen Krashen

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