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[Susan notes: Great measurement metaphor.

Write some letters of your own. Letters to Editor are excellent way to reach the public.

You can borrow content from Krashen's model.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

The No Child Left Behind law gets undeserved credit for making schools pay attention to students living in poverty. ( Finding the sweet spot of reason in evaluating schools and teachers, editorial, Nov. 27)

Experienced educators have always been aware of the effects of poverty and know which schools and students are the most impacted. Also, educational research has confirmed the negative effects of poverty on learning for decades.

Recommending more precise measurements to identify needy schools is like recommending that fire departments invest in expensive and highly accurate thermometers so that firefighters get the exact temperature of dangerous and rapidly spreading fires before trying to put them out.

Finding the sweet spot of reason in evaluating schools and teachers

Instead of spending billions on unnecessary testing, let's invest in protecting children from the impact of poverty by expanding and improving food programs, improving healthcare and building better libraries in high-poverty areas. The best teaching in the world has little effect when children are hungry, sick and have little access to reading material.

Stephen Krashen, USC Professor Emeritus

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