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[Susan notes: One can wonder if the better gains in non-common-core pre-K programs is a result of more playtime.]

Submitted to Baltimore Sun but not published

To the editor

It is premature to attribute gains in kindergarten readiness to basing pre-K on the common core, introduced two years ago. ( City's revamped pre-K showing promise, April 27).

Contrary to the Sun's statement, the rise in readiness scores was not "unprecedented." Examination of the data, available from a Baltimore City Schools press release (March 27) shows that the 4% gain seen from 2011 to 2012 is part of a general trend of increased readiness test scores in since 2007 for all children entering kindergarten in Baltimore, whether enrolled in common core aligned pre-K or not.

In fact, most of the gains in non-common-core aligned pre-K programs were larger than those seen in common-core pre-K programs

Stephen Krashen

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