[Susan notes: Here is another great letter from Steve Krashen. He provides a model on how to write a letter to editor.]
To the editor
Re "Study Offers Grim Look at Schools," Jan. 4: California fourth-graders' low performance on a national reading test in 1992 prompted the adoption of an extreme phonics-based approach, along with "tougher" academic standards. Now the Rand Corp. tells us that there has been no significant change in students' reading scores since the early 1990s. The analysis shows that the high percentage of language-minority students does not account for the low scores. The report, however, fails to even consider the most obvious cause.
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