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Submitted to Charlotte Observer but not published

To the editor

, Oct 23

Education Secretary Spellings supports an “aggressive

and hard” approach to testing limited English

proficient children (“Official: Give no break to tests

for immigrant-heavy schools,” October 23). This means

that children are tested before they have a chance to

acquire enough English to get a meaningful score on

standardized tests.

This is great news for test publishers, but it means

needless frustration and a significant loss of

valuable instructional time for children.

It also means that taxpayers have to pay for several

million tests each year, an expenditure of millions of

dollars that produces no useful information.

Stephen Krashen

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