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[Susan notes: This teacher speaks plainly and bluntly. More teachers need to do the same.]

Published in Sun-Sentinel

To the editor

The recent results of the latest Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test do not show that educational reforms are working nor that students are learning the needed skills of deductive thinking and reasoning.

The recent scores only show what educators have always known: Study to pass a test, practice by taking that test repeatedly, and test scores will improve. That's why college-bound students take a course to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test and take the pre-SAT earlier. Test scores improve, but the students are not necessarily smarter.

Ask the teachers, independently and anonymously, what they believe students have gained from all the time appropriated by the FCAT preparation and testing. I believe they'll tell you that students have learned how to score better on the FCAT, and that's about all they have learned.

Heather Jurist

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