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[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen is, of course, correct in pointing out the the federal claim we need data to track children from birth to college to help schools do a better job is entirely bogus.

It is apparent that state politicos will promise anything in order to get some small payoff.]

Submitted to but not published
Topeka Capital-Journal

To the editor

There is rejoicing in Kansas because the state has received a grant to help track progress of individual students on standardized tests "from birth to college" ("Ks. Receives ed data grant," May 22). I think this is a tragic waste of money.

We already know which students and schools are doing well and which are not, and we know why: Research tells us that students from high-income families who attend well funded schools score as high any students in the world on international tests. Children of poverty in poorly funded schools score below international norms.

At a time when schools are badly under-funded and when money is tight, we are, apparently, eager to spend millions tracking and testing students when we should be spending money on educating them.

Stephen Krashen

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