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[Susan notes: I read of one more claim by Secretary Spellings and sigh, "Not again." Fortunately, Stephen Krashen calls her on it--every time. He presents facts that the rest of us can use.

And we can hope that one day journalists will actually examine her claims.]

Submitted to Newsday but not published

To the editor

Secretary Spellings, as usual, claimed that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is âgetting results.â ( With lawsuit looming, Spellings discusses No Child Left Behind, May 29)

But there is no evidence this is so.

Spellings has claimed that reading tests scores were up, thanks to NCLB, but a close look showed that the gains occurred before NCLB went into effect.

Then she claimed that there was an increase in reading test scores between 2004 to 2006 for children in Reading First, a central component of NCLB. But a close look showed that the gains were significantly smaller than claimed, and some states did poorly, despite an extra 100 minutes of instruction per week, about an extra semester over two years. Also the Department of Education violated a fundamental scientific principle: There was no comparison group. Even the modest increase could have been due to factors other than Reading First.

We should have learned by now to be skeptical of everything this administration says.

For details: Krashen, S. Reading First: Impressive


Krashen, S Did Reading First work?

Stephen Krashen

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