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[Susan notes: This letter has good quotable lines.]

Published in Christian Science Monitor

To the editor

In their July 12 opinion piece "Why not put schools to the test?" Bill Evers and Herbert J. Walberg claim that parents generally disagree with education experts, who oppose high-stakes testing.

Of course parents want education systems to be held accountable - but for all-around learning, not just what can be measured by a few-hour, paper-and-pencil test in two subjects. Parents also want schools to help foster citizenship and initiative - important areas that tests don't touch at all.

In the effort to bring meaningful accountability to public schools, it's important to remember that testing does not measure merit.

Parents deserve better information about schools than what test scores deliver.

Lisa Guisbond

Cambridge, Mass.

K-12 Assessment Reform Analyst

National Center for Fair & Open Testing

Lisa Guisbond

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