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[Susan notes: EVERYONE, not just folk in Rochester, should heed Stephen Krashen's warning: US Department of Education has plans to vastly increase testing.]

Submitted to Rochester Democrat & Chronicle but not published

To the editor

Testing in schools: It's going to get worse

The Rochester Area Coalition for Common Sense held a rally to protest the excessive amount of testing children are subjected to under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) ("Group Rallies for Education Reform," October 14). The US Department of Education has no plans to reduce testing. In fact, they have announced that they will vastly increase the amount of testing done.

NCLB tested reading and math once a year. According to the Department of Education's "Blueprint for Reform," the new tests will include "interim" tests given throughout the year, and it is likely that major tests will be given in the fall and spring, in order to measure growth. The Blueprint also strongly recommends testing other subjects as well as reading and math.

There is no evidence that increasing standardized testing improves learning. Billions will be wasted in useless efforts to measure achievement, not to improve it.

Stephen Krashen

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