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[Susan notes: The writer asks what is being tested: the student's knowledge and ability or the teacher's? Teachers, indeed must accept some responsibility,as must schools. But the author is right is pointing out that the blame has gotten out of hand.]

Published in Denver Post
02/02/2006

To the editor




Re: "CSAP tests: Longer than the bar exam," Jan. 25 Open Forum.



Letter-writer Angelique Layton compares the CSAP to the bar exam, and finds that the CSAP is longer than the exams that many professional adults must endure. What she fails to mention, however, is the difference in what is done with the test results. When a law school graduate fails the bar exam, the score reflects on the law student's abilities and knowledge. The public does not accuse the law school of doing a bad job instructing its students, and the failing score is not used against the law school to "grade" the school.



The law student must seek remediation and retest in order to practice law or to fulfill graduation requirements. Why, then, are public schools and teachers accused of failing when it is the student who does not show progress on the CSAP? What is being tested: the student's knowledge and ability or the teacher's? If a student is unsatisfactory on the CSAP, who is to blame?



Nina Krane Barber


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