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[Susan notes: The time is right to warn people about the new wave of testing coming from the Common Core. Read Stephen's letter. Then go forth and do likewise.]

Submitted to Memphis Commercial Appeal but not published

To the editor

There is another side to the cheerful description

of the Common Core presented in Memphis teachers learning new ways to teach (July 13). Yes, the TCAP test will disappear, but it will be replaced by more

than just one test. The common core will require not only tests at the end of the year, but also interim tests given throughout the year, and might also require pretests in the fall. The tests must be administered online, and the cost of connecting all students will be enormous. Also the Common Core has not been field-tested -- it is an expensive experiment using all of our children as experimental subjects.


Stephen Krashen

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