[Susan notes: This letter talks about things the public can understand--simply, clearly, and forcefully.]
To the editor
Protect students from the effect of poverty, pay for it by reducing testing: Feed the animal, don't just weigh it. The Statesman claims ( For the good of students compromise on STAAR exam that TAKS "exposed educational gaps between minority and white students and between lower and higher income students." But we have known about the impact of poverty on school achievement for decades. We also know that a major cause of low minority student performance is that many live in poverty.
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