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[Susan notes: Yes. Stephen Krashen points to the critical issue. The whole point of this was to get a national test. Make that tests.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

I hope readers understand what the adoption of national standards really means: As National Governors Association education director Dane Linn noted in "Tougher national education standards drafted, posted," (March 10), new standards means "improved" standardized tests.

Since the new standards will cover grades K-12, there is the possibility of required standardized tests in every grade. NCLB, heavily criticized because of the massive amount of testing it involved, required standardized tests only grades 3 through 8 and one year in high school.

We can also expect standards and tests in all subjects: The Common Core Standards Initiative FAQ document tells us that once English and math standards are completed, standards will be developed in "science and potentially additional subject areas." NCLB required tests only in English and math.

It is very possible that our children, already badly over-tested, will be subjected to far more standardized testing than ever before, far more than has ever been done in the history of American education.

Is this what we want for our children?

Stephen Krashen

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