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[Susan notes: Monty Neill's good letter provides a model for teachers and parents across the country to use in their local press. ]

Published in Boston Globe

To the editor

ABANDONING NO Child Left Behind’s impossible goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014 would be a refreshing first step toward reality, and a needed overhaul of the destructive and despised federal No Child Left Behind law. Once that happens, the question is whether Congress will design a law that supports real improvement instead of forcing schools to spend more time testing than teaching.

A good start would be listening to educators and students about what they need and how No Child has impeded rather than supported improvement, rather than reflexively bashing teachers and students in a rush to defend an indefensible law.

Monty Neill is executive director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

Monty Neill

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