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[Susan notes: Since the public, including those who write articles for newspapers, hasn't a clue what 'grade level' means, it's important to set them straight.]

Submitted to Denver Post but not published

To the editor

Colorado's reading scores: above average

"30 percent of Colorado 3rd-graders not reading at their level, CSAP finds" (May 5) should be a cause for celebration: "Grade level" means the national average, the 50th percentile; 70% of Colorado's 3rd graders are doing better than average.

The low scores reported for children of poverty is of course a serious problem, and has been found throughout the US and world-wide. It occurs because poor children have little access to reading material. Colorado's overall results, however, are good.

Stephen Krashen

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