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Published in New York Times

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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