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[Susan notes: It is important to hit this point over and over--kids do better on tests as they become familiar with format and contents.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Daily News but not published

To the editor

Local officials interpret the gains on an English test(the CELDT) as evidence that English learners in LAUSD are making real progress. The CELDT was introduced two years ago. Research shows that when a new standardized test is introduced, scores are low at first, and then increase each year as teachers and students become more familiar with the format and contents. The CELDT

is closely aligned with the California State

Standards; teachers are very aware of what kinds of items will be on the test. It is not clear if the gains represent real learning or simply better test preparation.

Stephen Krashen

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