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Submitted to Time Magazine but not published

To the editor

There is a way out of California's budget crisis that will actually

make life better, not worse ("California's Budget Crisis: Is There a

Way Out?" July 2): Eliminate unnecessary testing in public schools.

A good place to start is the required high school exit exam.

California spends about $250 million each year just for remedial

instruction for this exam, as well as millions for administration and


Exit exams don't work: Studies have shown that that state exit exams

do not result in improved academic achievement. In addition, recent

research done by scholars at Indiana University has shown that state

high school exit exams do not lead to more college completion, higher

employment, or higher earnings by graduates.

In fact, researchers have yet to discover any benefits of having a

high school exit exam.

Stephen Krashen

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