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[Susan notes: GREAT letter!

I enjoyed it so much I wanted to know more about the writer. Here's a Wall Street Journal piece about her book The Baseball Haggadah: A Festival of Freedom and Springtime in Fifteen Innings, which she wrote for her son. ]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re Test Stumps Third Graders, and Perhaps a Few Adults (news article, Aug. 11):

1. Which statement best describes a lesson learned from this article?

A. The Education Department is presenting children with tasks that are developmentally inappropriate and may result in frustration, confusion and anger.

B. The New York State English language arts test is not very useful.

C. Students and parents should not view their children's test results as accurate indicators of their children̢۪s academic potential.

D. Tests like this can be more trouble than they are worth.

E. Questions on this test stump the author of the passage, yet 8-year-old children are expected to draw inferences about a husband's motivations for sharing secrets with a spouse.

F. Tests like this cannot possibly encourage young students to blossom into sensitive readers who delight in nuance, language and narrative complexity.

Sharon G. Forman

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