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[Susan notes:

Again, Steve rebuts hysteria with facts.]

Published in Pioneer Press, Minnesota

To the editor

Let's take a closer look at those 259 "under-performing" schools in Minnesota (story, July 8).

The 104 under-performing middle schools earned this classification only because of low attendance, not on the basis of test scores.

Forty-three of the one-year under-performing elementary schools earned this rating because they did not subject enough students to

the tests.

Good for them. Nobody questions the value of testing, but many observers think we are testing children too much: Weighing the animal

more frequently does not help it grow faster.

We can conclude that at least 153 of the 259 under-performing schools may not be under-performing at all.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC

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