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[Susan notes: Writer tells the Detroit Free Press that better reasoning on their part would have led them to look at the quality of instruction instead of crediting Open Court as reason for student test gains.]

Submitted to Detroit Free Press but not published

To the editor

I was dismayed to read your October 4, 2003 editorial entitled "MEAP Scores." You praised Detroit's new reading program Open Court for their fourth graders' success on the MEAP test after only one semester using this program. I feel you have drawn an unsubstantiated correlation between the new materials and the test scores rising.

Please remember that this new MEAP reading test is

finally aligned with our state curriculum and better reflects the kind of instruction that has been taking place in our classrooms. Though it is difficult to compare scores because the test has changed, fourth grade reading scores are up around the state and the entire state has not adopted Open Court reading materials.

I think better reasoning would lead us to look at the quality of instruction in our state. I think our teachers have made the difference.

While teachers need the best resources available, it is not the materials that teach our children. It is our teachers who do so! We should be thanking our teachers for the fine job they do.

Judy Cova Kelly

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