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[Susan notes: SI&A's Cabinet Report bills itself as "a daily resource [for California school superintendents and their management staff] of the most timely information and guidance on fiscal and program issues. Exclusive content, delivered by professional, non-biased journalists is backed-up by a team of expert contributors that are unmatched in depth and breadth of experience." This letter addresses proposed legislation mandating that transitional kindergarten experts develop program standards and work with the state department of education to gather and make available best practices on curriculum and professional development.



Indeed.]

Submitted to SI&A's Cabinet Report but not published
08/12/2012

Dear Editor:



The creation of extensive and detailed standards inevitably leads to tests to enforce the standards, which in turn leads to most of the school day being devoted to direct teaching to the standards, with units of study to prepare students for the test.



There is no evidence this approach helps students at any grade level. Are we now imposing this kind of school day on four-year-olds?

Stephen Krashen


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