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[Susan notes: The final paragraph sums it up. Kudos.]

Submitted to US News & World Report but not published

To the editor

âDo schools pass the test,â (June 18) notes that it is

unclear if NCLB deserves all the credit for increased

test scores. It is unclear if NCLB deserves any of the

credit for gains in reading.

The Center on Education Policyâs report included a

section comparing elementary school gains for the two

years before and two years after NCLB was implemented

in 12 states. Before NCLB, the yearly rate of

improvement in these states was 1.93 percent, that is,

1.93 percent more students were classified as

proficient. After NCLB, it was 2.25 percent, a

difference of less than one-third of one percent.

In other words, reading scores were going up before

NCLB, and NCLB did little or nothing to improve the

rate of improvement.

NCLB has cost us billions, and Reading First, the

reading component of NCLB, imposes an extra 100

minutes per week of reading instruction, an extra

semester every two years. The Centerâs report

strongly suggests that all this money and effort

hasn't been worth it.

Stephen Krashen

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