[Susan notes: The New York Times invites readers to respond briefly by Thursday for the Sunday Dialogue. We plan to publish responses and a rejoinder in the Sunday Review. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]
To the editor
In more than four decades of teaching, including 23 years as a secondary-school principal, I have become increasingly dismayed at the growing influence of standardized tests and the test preparation industry for students as young as those entering preschool to those who are preparing to enter graduate-level programs. So I was heartened by the news last month that most New York City private schools are likely to drop the E.R.B. entrance exam for kindergarten and first grade.
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