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Submitted to New York Daily News but not published
04/15/2013

To the editor

We have been told that the new tests based on the common core will result in low scores ( Just what the kids need, April 15). What has not been mentioned is that new tests typically result in low scores, and then scores rise for the next few years as teachers and students get used to the test format and content, and teachers learn how to teach to the test. This has been confirmed in studies by Prof. Robert Linn of the University of Colorado.



The common core will claim the credit for this bogus "improvement." The improvement will stop after a few years, but by then the apparent success of the common core will be considered "proven."



Stephen Krashen



Source: Linn, R., Graue, E., & Sanders, N. 1990. Comparing state and district test results to national norms: The validity of claims that "everyone is above average." Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice 10: 5-14.



Stephen Krashen


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