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[Susan notes: Kudos to Robert Kay for challenging the received wisdom unquestioned by the New York Times.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

While one "New Study Finds Gains Since No Child Left Behind" (Education, June 6) you might also have mentioned an article, "Correcting Schools" in the May 21 issue of THE NATION reporting that, "Recent studies in New York, Massachusetts, and Texas show how schools have raised scores while "losing" large numbers of low-scoring students.

"In a large Texas city, for example, scores soared while tens of thousands of students -- mostly African-American and Latino -- disappeared from school.

"Educators report that exclusionary policies were used to hold back, suspend, expel or counsel out students in order to boost test scores."

And: - "As a consequence of high-stakes testing, graduation rates for African-American and Latino students have declined in a number of states."

So how did the N.Y. officials keep you from knowing?

Robert E. Kay, MD (Ret)

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