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[Susan notes: Two good letters!]

Published in Sacrmento Bee

To the editor

Teach reading, not test-taking

Re "Local talks pave curriculum path" (Our Region, July 16): Sacramento County is leading the way to more testing? Unbelievable! Why won't education leaders listen to the researchers? Give the students time to read. Learning to read takes practice, not testing and more testing. I watch as libraries close and more testing is funded. This is so wrong!

ΓΆ€“ Shirley L. Russell, Lincoln

Tests will eat into class time

Re "Local talks pave curriculum path" (Our Region, July 16): Although Sacramento County may be hosting the commission that is examining the common core standards, that doesn't mean that Sacramentans should be bragging about it. The standards, according to the plan issued by the federal Department of Education, include widely increased testing, not just at the end of the school year, but also at the beginning. Included also is interim testing, and some believe there could even be daily assessments. This proposal will vastly increase stress on our students, cost billions of dollars to implement and greatly decrease class time devoted to instruction. The only real positive if this is plan is implemented is that the profits of testing corporations will increase. What's more important, profits or pupils?

ΓΆ€“ Ken Poppers, Sacramento

Shirley Russell and Ken Poppers

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