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Published in New York Times
04/25/2005

To the editor

To Brent Staples's observations about the fairness of the No Child Left Behind law ("On the Sidelines of the Most Important Civil Rights Battle Since 'Brown,' " Editorial Observer, April 18), I would add these questions:



Are state tests coming from the same big businesses that sell textbooks?



Is teaching to the test the best pedagogical practice, especially when that becomes a full-time pursuit at borderline schools?



Is it fair to test recent immigrants who are not yet proficient in English? To threaten jobs and a child's promotion to the next grade because of results from a single test?



High standards for all children are needed. But constant, standardized testing on a limited range of subjects may not be the best way to achieve them.





Ruth Straus Gainer


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