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[Susan notes: This short letter packs a punch. We should send it out every time Spellings and her crew claim NCLB improves reading. ]

Submitted to Fort Worth Star-Telegram but not published

To the editor

Education Secretary Spellings gives No Child Left

Behind (NCLB) the credit for increased reading test

scores (“Spellings tells lawmakers No Child Left

Behind is good politics, “August 4). But NCLB promotes

systematic extensive phonics, which research shows has

little or no significant effect on reading

comprehension tests given after grade 1; the gains

were on tests given to nine-year-olds. Also, NCLB

dismisses the role of in-school recreational reading,

shown to be consistently successful in increasing

reading comprehension. I wonder if Spellings is aware

of these findings.

Stephen Krashen

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