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[Susan notes: Kudos again to Stephen Krashen. We must be relentless about reminding the media of the important information they choose to leave out of their stories.]

Submitted to Education Week but not published

To the editor

Rand Corporation reported that California’s public

educational system is “lagging on nearly every

measurable standard of quality” and the low ranking is not because of the high percentage of minority

students and English language learners in California

(“New report details not-so-golden state of California education,” January 12).

The Rand report also noted that test scores in English Reading have not budged in the last decade: The NAEP scores for California 4th graders in 2003 were not significantly different from the scores in 1992, the first time the test scores were analyzed for individual states.

Unmentioned in the Rand report, or in any of the

descriptions in the media, is an obvious conclusion:

California’s frantic rush to intensive, systematic

phonics in the middle 1990’s and its uninformed

rejection of bilingual education (Prop 227 in 1998)

did not improve student performance.

Stephen Krashen

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