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[Susan notes: Do we have to test every child every year to see how our schools are doing? When you get a check-up, they don't take all your blood, just a sample.



Stephen won't mind if you borrow his good line. Spread it across the nation.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published
03/14/2010

To the editor

No Child Left Behind, heavily criticized because of the massive amount of testing it involved, required standardized tests in math and English in grades 3 through 8 and one year in high school. According to "Obama: Revise No Child Left Behind law" (March 14), we will have required standardized tests in every grade, with the strong possibility of tests in other subjects as well, continuing the movement to convert schools into test-prep academies.

This means billions of dollars will be spent on test construction, validation, revision, etc. at a time when school are already very short of funds, when many science classes have no lab equipment, school libraries (those that are left) have few books, many school bathrooms lack toilet paper, school years are being shortened, and teachers are losing their jobs.



Do we have to test every child every year to see how our schools are doing? When you get a check-up, they don't take all your blood, just a sample.

Stephen Krashen


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