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[Susan notes: This letter nails the reporter for passing on puffery from an organization with an ax to grind about testing. For more info on this issue, see Commentaries.]

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To the editor

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The Chronicle's report on a study of 32 Bay Area schools by Bay Area School Reform Collaborative gives frequent diagnostic testing the credit for test score increases ("Testament to testing," December 18). A look at the Collaborative's website gives a different impression. First, there is no hard data, at least not yet. The website only supplies press releases (the full report, according to the website, is "coming soon.") Second, even from the press releases, it is clear that other changes took place in these schools, changes that clearly affect reading test scores, such as more time devoted to recreational reading. A proper statistical analysis can reveal which factors actually contributed to the improvement. Both the
Collaborative and the Chronicle need to wait until a scientific analysis of the data is made before jumping to conclusions.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC

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