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[Susan notes: Just as people quote the devil for their own purposes, so, too, NAEP. We need to repeat Krashen's evidence over and over: Overall NAEP scores provide no evidence of improvement since No Child Left Behind was instituted. Say it. Then say it again, louder.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published

To the editor

NCLB: Let’s take a closer look at the data

The evidence does not support President Bush’s claim

that “No child left behind (is) closing (the)

achievement gap” (October 6). Education Secretary

Spellings has based this claim on NAEP test scores, a

national test given to samples of fourth grades across

the US. But a comparison of NAEP scores for children

from low-income and higher-income families in 2003 and

2005 shows no change at all, no closing of the gap,

and overall NAEP scores provide no evidence of

improvement since No Child Left Behind was instituted.

Bush wants to extend this program to high schools and

Democrats want it to be better funded. I suggest that

all parties concerned take a closer look at the data.

Stephen Krashen

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