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[Susan notes: A copy of this letter, which points out shortcomings of Boston Globe editorial policy, was sent to Ombudsman. A good idea.]

Submitted to Boston Globe but not published
01/02/0003

To the editor



Four days ago, The New York Times printed an in-depth, front-page report of a major national study casting doubt on the efficacy of high-stakes tests for improving academic achievement and highlighting a number of negative
consequences of such testing.

So far, The Boston Globe has not seen fit to report on a study of indisputable relevance to its readers. On the other hand, today's paper
includes another in a long series of editorials lauding the high-stakes MCAS as well as an oped praising the departing governor for keeping the MCAS graduation requirement, despite "past" course, Hispanic, African-American and special needs student failure rates remain plenty frightening.) ("Better grades in school" and "Three who stood up to their challenges")

Despite the apparent contradictions between the Globe's consistent pro-high-stakes editorial stance and the study, which found that high-stakes
test may actually worsen academic achievement and dropout rates, I hope theGlobe will take the time to investigate and report on the study's important
findings.

Lisa Guisbond


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