Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: This letter is very important. It alerts people, particularly the media, to new Obama policy. Most people are still worried about the old policy and have no notion of this new threat.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published

To the editor

The Post characterizes the current education law (NCLB, or No Child Left Behind) as "inflexible" and "testing-heavy," and notes that there is "bipartisan agreement" that the law should be changed ( In weekly address Obama pushes for overhaul of nation's education laws, May 21).

I wonder how many people are aware of the US Department of Education's new plans, described in their Blueprint for Reform.

The Department of Education will require, as before, tests in reading and math but will also require testing several times during the academic year (interim testing), and the plans include the option of pre-testing in the fall to be able to measure growth during the year. In addition, the Department is encouraging testing in other subjects as well. All of these tests will be tightly linked to national standards.

NCLB is indeed inflexible and testing-heavy. The new plan will be even less flexible and far more testing-heavy.

Stephen Krashen

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.