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[Susan notes: As always, Gerald Bracey offers facts in his strongly worded message.]

Published in Fresno Bee online

To the editor

I have never actually lined up a year's worth of education editorials from papers across the country and ranked them, but if I did I feel certain that this one would come in near last. It is full of cliches and hackneyed phrases and the data do not bear out the conclusions.

First, California showed no gains on NAEP 4th or 8th grade reading scores between 2005 and 2007. Fourth graders finished two points above the lowest scoring state, Louisiana, and one point above the second lowest, Mississippi. Eighth graders were one point above lowest scoring Mississippi.

Second, Sean Reardon and colleagues at Stanford have shown that the mere imposition of the CAHSEE requirement resulted in an increased dropout rate from high school for low-scoring students. The impact was especially great on girls and minorities. The test IS the enemy.

Quit spreading Department of Education propaganda and look at the facts.

Gerald W. Bracey

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