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[Susan notes: Great medical metaphor here.

Use it in your own letters.]

Submitted to Hartford Couran but not published

To the editor

Why does testing take "a couple of weeks" in Connecticut? ("Educators pull out all the stops for good test scores," Feb. 28).

No competent professional teacher needs a standardized test, written by distant strangers, to see where their students are weak.

And if the goal of testing is to evaluate the system as a whole, we don't need to test every child every year; the doctor doesn't have to take all your blood to get an accurate picture of your health.

Stephen Krashen

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