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[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen makes an important observation: we have both reading and math crises in America. Reporters and politicians don�t bother to read important reports, or don�t read them carefully, and few people are capable or willing to do some simple math.]

Published in Washington Post
06/06/2007

To the editor

The Post cites Berkeley professor Bruce Fuller as

stating that the Center for Education Policy report on test scores "overstated small gains."("Scores Up Since 'No Child' Was Signed," June 6). I just finished examining the report. In elementary school reading, a major target for No Child Left Behind, there has been an average increase of only 1.8 percent in the percentage of children classified as proficient. A

few states provided data that allowed a comparison of gains for two years before No Child Left Behind and two years after: Before NCLB, the gain was 1.65 percent (1.8 percent when sample size is considered). After, it was 1.94 (2.1 considering sample size). Prof. Fuller is right.



I think we have both reading and math crises in
America. Reporters and politicians don't bother to read important reports, or don't read them carefully, and few people are capable or willing to do some simple math.



Stephen Krashen


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