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[Susan notes: Here's a letter citing research that the good old days might not have been so good.]

Submitted to Globe-News but not published

To the editor

The editorial in today's Globe-News about the TAKS testing reminded me of a

survey I heard of recently. The Austin, Texas Community College performed a

survey of surrounding colleges and universities about the percentage of

entering students requiring remedial instruction in math and English.

Results of the survey showed that the percentage remained essentially

constant at about forty percent over the ten year period (1994-2004) covered

by the survey. If the standardized testing of our public school students is

such a great learning tool, why is it that forty percent of them have to

re-take subjects they took in high school? Could it be that too much time

is being wasted on "test prep" and too little time spent on teaching the

students what they need to know to be successful in the real world?

Mansel E Phillips

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