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[Susan notes: Of course I'm delighted that Stephen Krashen got this letter into the paper--pointing out what the real problem is.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re: (Op-Ed Yes, We Need to Talk about the Tests, April 10) Yes, there's a big problem with the state tests. But there's a bigger problem: the whole idea of the Common Core standards. Accurately described by Susan Ohanian, a writer and former teacher, as "a radical untried curriculum overhaul" and "nonstop national testing," the Common Core is an outrageous scheme with no justification and no empirical support.

The problems described by Elizabeth Phillips will eventually be solved, or at least reduced enough to stop complaints from coming, but the Common Core boondoggle will continue, with new and very expensive tests delivered online.

I suspect that these bad tests are a weapon of mass distraction, so that we forget what the real problem is.

The writer is professor emeritus at Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

Stephen Krashen

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