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[Susan notes: The journalist calls on Senator Murray and Charles Barone, policy director of Democrats for Education Reform, for elucidation on annual testing, showing that this is a political issue, not an education one.]

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To the editor

Several experts claim that without annual standardized testing, we don't know if students are progressing ( Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing, January 9.).

They are telling us, in other words, that teacher evaluations of students mean nothing: We should value scores on a single test constructed by distant strangers more than the judgments of professionals who work with students every day.

Stephen Krashen

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